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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Temporary Barracks At Clemson In 1940’s


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are from 1948 and show two different views of buildings that no longer exist at Clemson University.

The above picture is an aerial photo of Clemson and you can clearly see the white barracks sitting in a V where Lot 1 is now located. These were temporary barracks, constructed by the military during WWII. They were torn down just prior to the completion of Johnstone Hall in 1954.

The below photo is a close up view of the temporary barracks and was taken with your back to Death Valley, on the southwest corner of what is now Lot 1.

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.

There was always 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.

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