Monmouth College chemistry professor Garret Theissen decided the placement of the cannon should be in front of McMichael hall, so he could ensure its safety. In order for the cannon to be allowed on the campus, it had to be in a state where it could not be stolen. A large hole was dug in front of McMichael hall on April Fool's Day, 1953. The cannon was loaded, barrel down, and concrete was then poured to fill the hole and cover the cannon.
"MC has a plan for the Cannon", Register-Mail, http://library.monmouthcollege.edu/content.php?pid=316809&sid=3422984
Jeff Rankin, "The Great Cannon Caper", A Slide Presentation, 2001