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Identification #

UAP 8342

Additional Information

Three students chat in their caboose car at Camp Depression, one drinks milk from a milk bottle. Another student sits in the background studying. Clothes, books and boxes are scattered amongst the shelves. A pair of ice skates hang from the ceiling. A doorway to the next car is in the back of the photo. 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; Bunk Beds; Ice Skates; Caboose Car; Male college students; Bunk beds; Cabooses (Railroads); Depressions - United States; Skating - Equipment and supplies; Coats; Books

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

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