Footsteps: A Guided Tour of the Texas A & M University Campus

Footsteps: A Guided Tour of the Texas A & M University Campus

Footsteps: A Guided Tour of the Texas A & M University Campus

Footsteps: A Guided Tour of the Texas A & M University Campus

Synopsis

Thousands of Aggies have walked the campus of Texas A&M since the late 1800s, when it was just a few buildings on a brier-tangled field. Since those days, the campus has grown, new buildings have risen to supersede or stand beside the old, new disciplines have been added to agriculture and mechanics, and A&M has become a university of international stature. Despite expansion, the campus still invites exploration of its buildings and byways, its oak-shaded walks and echoing halls, its history.

With this readable, easy-to-carry guidebook, anyone can follow in the footsteps of those past generations of Aggies and take one tour or all five tours of the various sections of campus. If a trip to the College Station campus is not on your calendar, you can still follow the tour at home. There is a route map for each of the tours, and every building or building complex is a stop on the tour, with information and anecdotes provided by your guide.

For "old Ags," Footsteps will amount to a pleasant homecoming and the opportunity to see not only familiar sights but also their alma mater's impressive growth and progress. Numerous photographs of the buildings are included, and images of A&M at its most colorful are represented in an eight-page color section. The photographic coverage, as well as little-known facts and the origins of unique Aggie traditions, will orient newcomers to campus and help to infuse a new generation with the renowned Aggie spirit.

Excerpt

Texas A&M University began serving the people of Texas and the nation in 1876 and was Texas' first public institution of higher education. The "campus" at that time was a tangle of dewberry bushes, weeds, and brush on a rise some four miles south of the raw frontier town of Bryan, itself founded just five years earlier. The City of College Station would not be founded until sixty-two years later.

Much has changed since then. The main campus of Texas A&M University, the heart of Aggieland, covers an area of approximately 1.5 square miles. On the campus are nearly 250 buildings and other structures that serve a student, faculty, and staff population of more than 46,000 people, a fair-sized city in itself.

Visitors are always welcome at A&M, and one of the oldest and best Aggie traditions is a smile, a "howdy," and an offer of assistance to guests. The Campus Information Center is located on the ground floor of Rudder Tower (A7), but don't hesitate to ask any passing student or stop by any campus office for information or directions if you need help.

Parking

Visitors are asked to park only in lots designated for their use and to ride the on-campus shuttle buses, which stop at convenient locations throughout campus.

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