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April 1st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson In The 1940’s

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today's photo is an ariel view of Clemson from the late 1940's.

The buildings at the top of the photo are now where the Clemson Alumni Center and the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service now stand. North Palmetto Boulevard connected to Old Greenville Highway in those days, but now it does not. Today, there is a turnaround loop at the end of North Palmetto Blvd.

The house in the bottom right corner of the picture is located at the corner of what is now Fort Hill Street and Klugh Avenue. Today, where that house sits, is part of the Johnstone Meadows area.

The Clemson Power Plant (today it is called the Energy Facility) is under construction in the bottom left of the picture. It was completed in 1948, which puts this picture’s date sometime in 1947.

Here is an excerpt from the Greenville News about the power plant construction:

"The construction of Clemson's new $500,000 power plant will get under way immediately, it was learned today through official college sources, and the new facilities should be in operation in the early spring.

Contract for the actual construction of the building has been let to C. M. Guest and Sons of Anderson. The engineering part of the new plant has been performed by the J. E. Sirrine Company of Greenville.

The facilities afforded by this new addition to the college will replace a plant built in 1905 and will be located to the right of the construction and repair division and adjacent to the water works division. It will enable engineering and textile students at Clemson to see up-to-date equipment in operation. It was through the interest of many Clemson men in industry, as well as the staff at Clemson, that this modern addition has been made possible.

The plant, which will provide heating and hot water for the entire college, was authorized to be constructed by the South Carolina Budget Commission. Oddly enough, the father of the present owners of C. M. Guest and Sons built the old building. It will be maintained in its present location as a standby in case of emergency. A chemistry building and hospital are on the list of new structures being contemplated, since the present boiler plant is overtaxed. It will be necessary to finish the new one before attention can be divided elsewhere."

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”).

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