This week we I would like to share some more scences from my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University. A few weeks ago I posted a quick visual tour of the campus or the “40 Acres” as it is called. Today I would like to share some of the landmarks from campus. Most are from the pond area of a campus. Located at the front of campus the pond is the centerpiece of the campus.
The reflection pond was built from a gift by Mr. & Mrs. Frand M. Woods in 1978. In 1979 a gazebo was built beside the pond in honor of the class of 1929’s 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the gazebo. When I was a student sometimes we would bring a TV and VCR out and watch movies by the pond. The Legett Memorial Bridge spans the Reflection Pond was dedicated by the May 2002 senior class in memory of of one of HSU’s founders. When I was a student freshman caught without their beanies or walking on the grass during “Howdy Week” were often ponded (thrown into the pond). Surprisingly, I made it 4 1/2 years without ever being ponded. That was a little known fact that I didn’t reveal as a student.
Dam-it or Fritz as he was called on Sundays was a stray dog that became the college mascot. According to campus legend he was named by Gib Sandifer son of campus president J.D. Sandifer. Supposedly the purple and gold hydrant marks the remains of the beloved dog. I seriously doubt that it does because that marker has been moved several times.
The area contains memorials for the Sandefers and Simmons. When I was as student there was a decorative fence around the memorials. It was a common occurrence for students from Abilene’s other university Abilene Christian University or McMurry University to get a picture of this for scavenger hunts and occasionally leave a sign or other item there.