We pause here to remember the ghost of the Trailerville community. Following World War II, colleges across the country prepared for the large influx of single and married veterans taking advantage of the GI Bill. With federal and state assistance, Cheney met the need with war surplus trailers and buildings. The post-war expansion began with Trailerville.
At the end of 1945,
the college received funding to acquire a number of war surplus small house
trailers to use as temporary housing. It opened July 1946, and became known as
The 8' x 35' tin and
plywood painted trailers served as married student housing for WWII veterans
and their families. Trailerville was located in an area behind Showalter Hall
and Monroe Hall. It had a capacity of 70 families. The small trailers rented
for $15 per month, with heat and lights supplied by the college. A small wood
military surplus building was used as a laundry and shower facility. Nearby
were outdoor clotheslines and a fenced playground for children.
trailers were cold in winter and hot in summer, yet those who lived in them
remember them with a sort of fondness.
were cramped and bare-boned, uncomfortable at times, a pain for doing laundry,
and you had to time your shower. But we were a community, we looked after each
other and each other's children. It was an experience I will always remember
with fondness. -- Jean
The last of the
college-owned trailers were removed from Trailerville
by the summer of 1958, and much of the space once occupied by the village was
turned over to parking.