Ever notice that giant M planted on the mountainside above Golden? It stands for “Mines,” that is, the Colorado School of Mines. The college’s freshmen have been adding stones to the M every year in an initiation tradition that spans more than a century.
Last Friday the class of 2021 took their turn, joining the hallowed ranks of engineers and stone scientists. New students brought ten-(or more)-pound rocks from home, slogged them up Mt. Zion and placed them inside the massive M. When they graduate, they’ll return to collect a rock as a reminder of their tenure in Golden.
We went along for the hike to bring you this insider perspective.
Correction: This video still says and this original post said that the M is on Lookout Mountain. It’s actually on Mt. Zion.