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Date of Work

Spring 1934

Identification #

UAP 8338

Additional Information

Workers making spring time improvements to Camp Depression in 1934. Workers use rakes to level dirt at the right. Behind them are three workers laying a form for a concrete sidewalk. On the left, five men stand around a concrete mixer and dry pile of concrete mix. Behind them three men work in the garden. Two students look on from the entrance of their caboose car. 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.


Workers; Male Students; Camp Depression; Rakes; Concrete Mixer; Garden; Caboose Cars; Depressions - United States; Male college students; Employees; Rakes; Concrete mixers; Cabooses (Railroads); Gardening

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

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