SCHOOL OF MINES’ “M” ON MT. ZION SHINES BRIGHTER
You can’t miss it: The M is much brighter.
The Colorado School of Mines M on the east side of Mount Zion outside Golden was believed to have been struck by lightning in November, zapping many of its fuses. Through January, red light bulbs were lit until the white ones that were damaged could be restored this month. And the Golden community noticed.
“I realized people love the M, but I didn’t realize to this extent,” said Clare Decker, a member of Mines’ Blue Key Society, the honor society that has tended the M for more than 90 years.
She said Mines received plenty of e-mails, and students were abuzz on Yik Yak, a social media platform, about the fate of the lights. The club had to wait until snow melted to get up the mountain safely to repair and replace the hundreds of burned bulbs with new, higher-wattage bulbs. She said the new bulbs are not yet weathered by the elements, making the M an extra-bright beacon for now.