3 Fun Facts on the History of the Y Mountain

If you’ve been to Provo, you’ve seen Y Mountain. It’s an iconic Provo landmark, and easily visible, no matter where you are in the city. For those who have never seen it, Y Mountain is exactly what it sounds like: a mountain with a giant, white letter “Y” on its side. So, why exactly is there a lonely letter on the side of a Utah mountain, and how did it get there? Well, the answer to those questions and more can be found below. Here’s a history lesson on Y Mountain! (don’t worry, there’s not a quiz.)

3 Fun Facts on the History of the Y Mountain

1. It’s Old!

The “Y” on Y Mountain isn’t anything new - it’s been there for over 100 years! In 1906, students from BYU set out to place all three of the letters in their school’s initials on the side of the mountain, but the task proved to be too difficult and time consuming. So, for over a century, the Y alone has been representing one of the best universities in the nation.

2. The Y Was Inspired by UC-Berkeley

According to Brigham Young University High School’s website, inspiration for the Y was found by BYU faculty who had seen what UC Berkeley had done for their Charter Day celebration the year before: constructed a huge “C.”

3. The Y Found Its Origins in a High School Rivalry

Yes, you read that right. What would a high school have to do with an iconic collegiate landmark? At the time, there was a rivalry between the junior and senior classes at Brigham Young University High School. The junior class wanted to paint “07” on the mountain to spite the graduating class of 1906 seniors, but BYU’s president settled the dispute by suggesting that BYU’s initials be used instead, according to the high school’s website.

Y Mountain isn’t popular solely based on its appearance and association with BYU alone, it’s also a popular spot among outdoor enthusiasts! You can hike the Y Mountain Trail, which measures 6.7 miles and climbs nearly 1,000 feet in elevation. The trail is only one of the many things to do in Rock Canyon, where you’ll find excellent spots for rock climbing, and other hiking trails including the Rock Canyon Trail and Squaw Peak Trail. Check out this blog on Rock Canyon Utah to learn about what the area offers!

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Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast is located in downtown Provo, just moments away from the city’s best attractions! Y Mountain, the Provo Towne Centre, and great Provo restaurants are all a short walk or drive way. Plus, during the fall, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than at a BYU football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium! When you stay at Hines Mansion, you’ll have your choice of inviting, beautifully designed rooms that feature amenities like two-person jetted tubs, king- and queen-size beds, and great views. Top it off with a delicious gourmet breakfast, and you have all the ingredients for the best lodging in Provo. Contact us today, online or by calling (801) 372-8400, and start planning your Utah Valley getaway today.