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Date of Work

Fall 1933

Identification #

UAP 8339


Male student-residents of Camp Depression pose on the roof of two caboose cars for a group picture. a flagpole with the American Flag stands in front on the lawn. A warehouse not affiliated with the camp is seen behind 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; Warehouse; Flags - United States; Male college students; Depressions - United States; Cabooses (Railroads); Flagpoles; Roofs; Warehouses

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

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


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota