Living Yearbook: Cars through CSU history

Luke Bourland

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When thumbing through an old yearbook or magazine, one thing immediately jumps out at me: the cars of the time. Most commonly used to describe old cars, “they just don’t make them like they used to” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. When it’s uttered, it spurs most people’s imaginations to sea foam green ‘57 Chevrolets, drive-in theaters and giant boats on wheels. Personally, when I hear this phrase, I think of the lack of crumple zones, no airbags, front hood ornaments that would work better as skewers than a vehicle badge and Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

In 1908, Henry Ford revolutionized the world with the introduction of the Model T, and Colorado State University had already been around for almost 40 years at this point. Needless to say, our beautiful campus has seen the conception, introduction and development of the beautiful automobile. With the development of cars came the augmentation of campus, leading to more parking (some would say not enough), parking tickets and even electric vehicle charging stations. In its 151-year lifetime, CSU has seen the mass production of the Model T to the introduction of Tesla — a lot of development, but nothing really changes too much. Cars are here to stay even if they don’t make them like they used to.


A plethora of cars sit parked somewhere on Colorado State Universities Campus. This picture was taken in 1983. (Via Silver Spruce)

Luke Bourland can be reached at or on Instagram @lukemcduff.