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Grand Forks Herald

Date of Work

Fall 1933

Identification #

UAP 8341

Additional Information

Male student-residents of Camp Depression gather atop the roofs of adjoined caboose cars for a photograph. The American Flag on a flagpole is standing behind the cars. Wooden folding chairs are in place along the front of the cars. By 1933, The Great Depression had made it nearly impossible for many students to afford room and board. In response, the University obtained ten caboose cars from the Great Northern Railroad, erecting them into a quadrangle of connected housing east of the powerhouse. Camp Depression housed about forty men who worked at various campus jobs to cover expenses from 1933-1941. The cars were equipped with running water, heat and electricity. The onset of World War II decreased the student housing demand and the Camp was removed soon after.


Male Students; Camp Depression; Caboose Cars; American Flag; Flagpole; Folding Chairs; Cabooses (Railroads); Male college students; Flagpoles; Folding chairs; Flags - United States; Depressions - United States; Trees

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.); University of North Dakota