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The 1930's Dust Bowl

The devastation of the Great Plains during the 1930's

Throughout the 1930's, the Great Plains states of the U.S. (mainly Texas & Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas) as well as Canada experienced an historically unprecedented dust bowl. It was created by poor farming methods that essentially stripped the top layer of soil. This forced tens of thousands of people to abandon their farms, many of them moving to California. These are the pictures of their lands and times.

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A photo of a massive dust storm moving into Elkhard, Kansas.
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Dec 29, 2011
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It may look like snow but this is dust: Severe wind erosion made this farm... more
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Dec 29, 2011
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Autos have to turn on lights to penetrate gloom of a dust storm. Amarillo,... more
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Dec 29, 2011
Taken in San Fernando, CA United States of America in .
Refugees from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl arrive in San Fernando,... more
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· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Dec 29, 2011
Drifting soil covering chicken house and grove, S. Dak.
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 10, 2012
Over this bridge drought refugees are crossing the Colorado River into... more
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 9, 2012
Taken in Washington D.C. United States of America on .
A new Dust Bowl program for the Southwest was created in Washington, D.C. on... more
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 8, 2012
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Dust bowl farmer with tractor and young son near Cland, New Mexico
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
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Dust bowl farmer driving tractor with young son, near Cland, New Mexico.
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
Taken in Dalhart, Coldwater County, TX United States of America in .
A farm in Dalhart Texas in 1938. The farm was affected by the Dust Bowl but... more
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· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
Taken in Dalhart, Coldwater County, TX United States of America in .
A photo of an abandoned farm during the Dust Bowl in the Coldwater District,... more
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· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
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Mailbox in Dust Bowl. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
Abandoned farm on the high plains, Texas County, Oklahoma.
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
She lives on "Scratch Hill," outside Atoka, Oklahoma
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012
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Farm Security Administration camp for migrant agricultural workers at... more
· Posted by AncientFaces ­ on Jan 5, 2012