Old school photo: “Pregnant Acres”

During the major influx of veterans in the years following World War II, Drake faced a housing dilemma. Not only were there more students, but many of them were married — and starting families. The solution: a trailer park temporarily built in 1946 and jokingly referred to as “Pregnant Acres.”

The camp came down in 1955 but not before a trailer court culture and even a governing body had been established. The construction of the the Quads — Herriott, Carpenter, Crawford and Stalnaker residence halls — turned Pregnant Acres into a memory.

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