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The Boulder

The Columbian Boulder, known as "The Boulder," is located in front of East College. It was given to the University in 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America. Several alumni bought it from a farmer who charged visitors 10 cents to view the "petrified turtle" he had on his farm. It soon grew to be a favorite meeting place on campus for couples meeting for chapel dates and honorary societies holding initiation rituals.