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Lighting the Y

One of the most popular activities during Homecoming week at Brigham Young University is hiking and lighting the Y. Every year several hundred students gather and hike to the top of Y mountain to participate in this activity. Lighting the Y has a long tradition at Brigham Young University. The Y was first lit in …

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History of Y Mountain

University Communications recently released a video documenting the history of Y Mountain. The video relies heavily on information from the University Archives as well as oral history interviews with individuals knowledgeable about Y Mountain. You can learn more about the history of the block Y and the activities associated with the block Y. If you …

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1000 Views of 100 Years

Brigham Young University has a rich and varied history. We are fortunate that much of that history has been caught in photographs.  As part of the centennial celebrations in 1975 the university commissioned Edwin Butterworth, Jr. to compile a pictorial history of the first one hundred years of Brigham Young University.  These images capture life …

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Block Y

The most recognizable symbol of Brigham Young University is the block Y that graces the mountain east of the university. This iconic symbol came to represent the university rather late in the game (31 years after the founding of Brigham Young Academy). In 1906 the class of 1907 decided to whitewash their class year on …

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