Another Golden gem: Colorado School of Mines
(Photo courtesy of Colorado School of Mines)
Founded in 1894, filled with history of “ramblin’ wrecks” from Golden Tech (as their fight song proclaims) and state-of-the-art science and technological research, the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) provides one of the most unique higher-level educations with science, technology, and engineering focusing on solving “the world’s challenges related to the earth, energy and the environment.” Mines is not only a world-class research university, but also offers a tight-knit college experience with similarly-minded students willing to commit to the academic rigors that makes each graduate competitive in their field across the globe.
Nestled in the valley of Golden with a continually-expanding and updating campus, the traditions of the past meld with the progressing future experiences through activities in which the entire Golden community participates. Some of the favorites are the age-old E-Days (Engineering Days) events in the spring semester, boasting the best fireworks in the valley. Since 1934, Golden visitors and residents have enjoyed watching not only the fireworks display, but the Clear Creek cardboard boat race, ROTC-Sponsored helicopter demonstration, trebuchet contest, and much more. Alumni from all across the globe travel back to Golden to share in these events.
Parents of students, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, are are invited each year not only to family weekend, but to homecoming, commencement, and to numerous opportunities throughout the academic year. These events include connecting through attending sports and recreation activities, Oredigger music program performances, and community service projects through various fraternity, sorority, and student activity clubs.
Visitors to Golden will find that the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum “ranks #1 of 39 things to do in Golden” according to TripAdvisor–with free admission, no less. With over 2,500 specimens of mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite, and historic mining artifact exhibits, this museum is really a hidden gem.
Literally a stone’s-throw distance from The Dove Inn, staying in the warmth of the Inn while exploring the Colorado School of Mines is a no-brainer. Whether you’re looking to spend a couple days exploring Mines’ rich history, cutting-edge research labs, and rich collections or an alumni reminiscing about your time at Mines, or a family member of a student desiring to spend some time exploring their world, staying in The Dove Inn will enable you to leave Golden refreshed and enriched.
About the author
Tamara Carey is a Golden resident and alumni of the Colorado School of Mines.