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Michigan Avenue: 1909

Michigan Avenue: 1909

Lansing, Michigan, circa 1909. "Michigan Avenue from the Capitol." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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My Hometown

Dave's photo depicts the view looking east from the front of the Capitol building. About 5 miles ahead on Michigan Ave. lies the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. The statue in the circle is of Governor Austin Blair which was erected in 1895 and still stands. Blair was know as the "Civil War Governor". More can be found of his interesting history here:
Archvan's Google view is of the back, or west side, of the Capitol building.

Actual Capitol Steps

I'm not sure which side of the Capitol the photo in the earlier comment is from, but this is Michigan Avenue from the Capitol steps.

Capitol steps

Luckily, Google provided this ground level view from the steps of the capitol. I don't see any buildings still standing from 1909, and the grand lawn has been replaced with (presumably legislators') parking spots.

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Oops, I did get the wrong side of the capitol building. Thanks for the correction everyone! Please look at the pretty dome, instead!

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