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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 5th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson From 1942

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from the 1940’s and shows an aerial photo of Clemson during war time. During 1942, the campus had many things going on that we can recognize today.

In May, Clemson College grants the War Department an occupation permit for lands to develop the Issaqueena Bombing Range in the Experimental Forest. The War Department also purchases an additional 265 acres within the boundaries of the target. The total area for the range sums 4,096 acres.

Tiger Rag was introduced at Clemson by cadet and band member Robert Dean Ross (Class of 1948).

And on September 19, construction is finished on Memorial Stadium just ahead of the crowd for the first game to be played in the future Death Valley. The Tigers run down the hill for the very first time and defeat Presbyterian College, 32-13, in front of 5,500 fans.

Presbyterian Coach Lonnie McMillan declares in 1948 that playing Clemson at home is like taking his team into Death Valley.

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