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Old Main Comes Down September 9, 1958

Old Main building, 1958.

On September 9, 1958, a one-ton wrecking ball made quick work of Illinois State University’s first campus building, affectionately known as “Old Main.” The last wall toppled at 4:33 p.m. that late afternoon, marking the end of a building that first opened in 1861.
Today, a memorial featuring the building’s bell can be found on the north end of the Illinois State Quad.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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