The cornerstone was laid for Michigan’s third capitol building in Lansing.
Thousands of people from all over the state thronged to the capital for the ceremony. A large parade and other gala events marked the occasion and private citizens opened their homes and provided food and shelter for the many visitors.
The new capitol building was not completed until 1879.
Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Visit the Michigan Capitol Website for a video portraying the laying of the cornerstone and restoration efforts.