Cooper Studio


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Date of Work

Fall 1935

Identification #

UAP 8337

Additional Information

Male student- residents of Camp Depression pose for a photo atop the roof of the caboose cars. A brick sidewalk runs along 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.


Camp Depression; Male Students; Caboose Cars; Brick Walkway; Depressions - United States; Male college students; Cabooses (Railroads); Pavements; Brick; Roofs; Dwellings; Trees

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

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