Fort Collins Aggies

Aggie A.jpg
Aggie A.jpg

Fort Collins Aggies

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About this photograph:

This image was captured from the sky in Fort Collins, Colorado. Here's a little interesting history about the Aggie "A"

A large “A” on the ridge to the west of campus first appeared in 1923 and was enlarged and painted white in 1924. Students had chosen an “A” for Aggie, as in Colorado Agricultural College (also commonly referred to as CAC). The “A” remained appropriate in 1935 when the college changed its name to more accurately reflect its diverse educational offerings to the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A&M (which, if you’ll note, when abbreviated further becomes CAM… as in “ram.”)

In 1957, Colorado A&M became Colorado State University. By the 1980s, CSU students began to campaign for a letter change. They wanted to modify the “A” (which was no longer reflected in the name of the school) to an “R” (for CSU Rams). This shift was halted not by the university or the state, but by the Federal Aviation Administration, which requires not only that the letter remain unchanged, but that it be repainted every year as a landmark by which passing planes can navigate.

~source Forgotten Fort

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