From Campus to Cockpit: Duke During World War II

Rose Bowl: Pre-Game Prep, 1941

Photograph of Durham train station as Oregon State football team arrives.

Fans at Durham's Union Station greet the inbound train carrying the Oregon State football team, December 24, 1941.

From the University Archives Photograph Collection, 1861-[ongoing].

“Bowl Durham”: The Tobacco City Welcomes the Oregon State Beavers

The game gave Durham a national stage upon which to show its “southern hospitality.” On December 24, 1941, over 2,000 fans, including a local high school marching band, gathered at Union Station in downtown Durham to greet the Oregon State Beavers. Oregon State’s captain, Martin Chavez , was named Acting Mayor of Durham for one day upon his arrival at Union Station.  A series of celebratory events ensued over the next few days, including lunch at the Washington Duke Hotel, Christmas dinner in the West Campus Union Building, an old-fashioned tobacco auction, and a number of New Year’s Eve parties in downtown Durham.