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Seven male student-residents of Camp Depression make use of the study car. Students sit on wooden folding chairs at a table built into the wall. One student sits on a table and another on the heater. Books are scattered about the table. Light bulbs hang around the walls from the ceiling. 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; Folding Chairs; Light Bulbs; Steam Pipe; Caboose Car; Male college students; Cabooses (Railroads); Depressions - United States; Folding chairs; Light bulbs; Steam-pipes; Camps

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North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

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