Old Main: The Lighted “A” on the Hill

A beneficiary of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts passed by Congress and signed by President Lincoln in 1862, the Utah Territorial Legislature created the Utah Agricultural College in 1888. The Land-Grant Act ceded federal land to states in order to establish colleges specializing in agriculture and vocational skills, such as blacksmithing and homekeeping. Two years later, in 1890, the south wing of Old Main opened for classes in September. Built in three stages and designed by three different architects, Old Main has anchored the university for nearly 130 years.  

Old Main through the Years