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Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo In The Early 1950’s

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is a large aerial shot of the campus in the early 1950s. Notice that Bracket Hall (in the left of the picture) is completed, which dates the picture after 1951.

The Old Barracks are also in the photo (center between Tillman Hall and Memorial Stadium), which means this picture is before the summer of 1954.

Barracks life made for a long day. Reveille was at dawn, and breakfast was as early as 6 a.m. In fact, in Clemson's early years, class was often finished in the morning hours, so that drill could be held in the afternoons. Lunch and dinner were served, and curfew was in effect so that the night started early and all cadets were accounted for.

was an incessant wave of cadets at any given time on detail, and Clemson cadet parades from this period were spectacular in both their professionalism and their school spirit. This tradition continues to the present with both Thursday ROTC drill and the annual pass-in-review by the entire ROTC program.

The only dorms that housed cadets at Clemson that stand today are Johnstone A and the buildings in the Quad. The Quad was built in stages throughout the 1930s, and most of Johnstone was completed by the early 1950s.

Upon entering these buildings, one might notice the width of the halls and many of the doorways. This was necessary to allow the companies to form in their respective hallways and then march out as a group in formation. These Companies were in size by platoons and then battalions.

Clemson was founded with the primary purposes of teaching agriculture, engineering and military science. For many years, these remained the staples of a Clemson education, but by the time of World War II, the Corps of Cadets was considered unpopular and outdated, especially when Clemson student life was compared to that of other schools.

With the Cresap, McCormick and Padget Plan of 1954, it was determined that the Corps should be ended to make way for a coed school that could offer more degrees and a better education.

This may be the last aerial photo of the old Clemson College with the barracks still erect.

The next picture is of the old smoke stack for the boiler room. In this picture, you can also see the back of the second and third barracks.

(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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