Thursday, May 16, 2013

Texas A & M University

Aggieland!  That was stop # 10 on the Rosenberger 2013 summer tour.

That was yesterday's destination.  Bryan/College Station, the location of the university, is just about 35 miles from the state park where we are staying.

Our first stop was at the Bonfire Memorial.

Some of you may remember the 1999 news item of the collapse of the traditional bonfire tower being constructed by A & M engineering students.  Twelve were killed and 27 injured in that accident.

Bonfire Memorial
The memorial is an esthetic and touching reminder of the ten men and two women who were killed.  Each concrete pillar wraps around a bronze arch containing the image, signature and some biographical information about one of those killed in that event.  We understand that the bonfire has not been sanctioned by the university since that tragedy.

Old Administration building

The campus is very large, 5200 acres housing ten colleges and 50,000 students.  We walked its lovely and tree-shaded paths and sidewalks for about two hours admiring its buildings, old and new.  We marveled at the variety of agricultural and mechanical specialties represented in the classroom buildings we passed: a huge veterinary hospital,, and classroom buildings with labels such as "Geoengineering", "Tectonophysics", "Petroleum Engineering,"and an extensive horticultural facility.

Cadet Parade Ground
Military training has been a major focus at the university since its founding in 1866, This parade ground is maintained for current cadets' military education.

Despite off and on showers of rain, we enjoyed our tour of Texas A & M campus.  Even Blayde seemed to have a good time -- especially when he was getting carried!