The Horseshoe is a large, open lawn in the center of the U-shaped drive with the same name. The NMSU Pride Band practices regularly at the Horseshoe. Hadley Hall, NMSU's administration building, sits at the top of the Horseshoe, and various classroom buildings surround it.
At the center of the Horseshoe is a college landmark, the cornerstone of McFie Hall. It stands like a sentinel of the past near the flagpole. This original campus building was popularly called Old Main. Cornerstone ceremonies for Old Main were held Sept. 9, 1890, with hundreds in attendance. The building was ready for classes by February 1891. Old Main was destroyed by fire in 1910.
The Horseshoe has changed through the years from cactus and sand, to an alfalfa patch where college livestock grazed, to a favorite walking area with a "Lover's Lane" edged in flowers and shrubs, to the serene grassy area it is today.
In the 1940s, the Victory Bell, gift of the Class of 1939, was housed in an open-sided structure on the Horseshoe and rung to announce Aggie victories. In the 1972 the bell was rededicated as the NMSU Engineer's Bell and now sits on a platform near Goddard Hall.
The Horseshoe can be seen on map 1a.
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Last Modified: Thursday, September 30, 1999
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