After a rocky journey, Glenwood Springs High School landmark returns home |

After a rocky journey, Glenwood Springs High School landmark returns home

The mystery’s been solved: Glenwood Springs High School’s Spirit Rock is back where it belongs.

Late last Tuesday night, the rock, which sits – usually – at the north end of the high school student parking lot, was abducted by a then-unknown group of thieves. Turns out, enterprising members of the school’s senior class snagged the big boulder using a front end loader and a dump truck. They hid the massive stone until the homecoming parade on Friday afternoon, where it appeared on the senior class float. It was freshly painted red on white with “Beat the (Montezuma) Panthers!” and “2003.”

Four senior boys – Forrest Lowell, Marco Salmen, Alec Littler and Matt Young – concocted the scheme, and enlisted some backup assistance from Forrest’s father, Sandy, and Ed Walters, whose daughter Jessica is a senior and a member of the homecoming court.

“They came up with the idea,” Sandy Lowell said, “and we facilitated the plan.”

The band of thieves cleared their stone-stealing scheme with principal Mike Wells and with the Glenwood Springs Police Department to avoid any misunderstandings or potential problems, and with their blessing carried out their devious plan.

Along the way, the seniors gained a number of educational lessons. They applied social studies skills (negotiating with the school and the police), P.E. (moving a giant rock isn’t easy) and even mathematics.

“The rock weighs 13,000 pounds,” said Ed Walters. “We figured that out by doing a density calculation per cubic foot.”


The rock is now resting comfortably until the next time it’s stolen.

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