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1818 Survey

Survey of Centre College Campus (December 3, 1818)

In December of 1818, Archibald Bilbo, surveyor of Mercer County (in what is now Boyle County), surveyed seven acres of John Cochran's pasture land for the campus of the new college. The Board of Trustees paid $400 for the land. A few months later a strip 20 feet wide and the length of the first, was added to the north side. The two comprise the area bounded today by Main Street, College Street, Walnut Street, and Maple Avenue.