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Dust Bowl

A collection of images covering the 1930's Dust Bowl, America's worst drought in history

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was an 8-year period of drought that devastated the American prairie lands encompassing the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, as well as neighboring territories of Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The e ... Show More

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Dust Bowl
In the spring of 1937 Floyd S. Moon of Pratt, Kan., tends a young tree. The trees are Chinese Elm, with pine and cedars in foreground. Pine were planted in 37 and cedars at a later date. Moon cooperated with Soil Conservation service in combating ravages of storms in dust bowl area. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl Tourism
FILE - In this April 15, 1935 file photo, a dust cloud approaches a ranch in Boise City, Okla. The Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, the geographic center of the 1930s Dust Bowl, are hoping for an uptick in tourism following a two-part television series about what many call the nation’s worst man-made disaster. PBS’ series on “The Dust Bowl” concluded Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo, File)

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Dust Bowl Springfield Colorado 1935
Children cover their faces at the swirling dust storms while pumping water in Springfield, Colorado, March 25, 1935. Thousands of acres of wind-whipped eroded farmland turned the region into the Dust Bowl. (AP Photo)

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The Dust Bowl Kansas 1935
W.E. Allbright, farmer, shown plowing, as dust blew, in an effort to check soil erosion by wind, March 31, 1935, Hutchinson, Ks. He adopted the plan of Gov. Alf Landon, who advocated plowing list rows at intervals to catch the drifting earth. Gov. Landon obtained a promise of federal aid in the dust-stricken area. (AP Photo)

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The Dust Bowl Kansas 1936
A forlorn figure, this cow forages for food in dust blown pastures, July 8, 1936, Ford County, Ks. A month of rainless days and soaring temperatures, which stood far above 100 degrees in many sectors of the drought area, have ruined pasturage and crops. The extreme dryness is graphically illustrated in this picture by the dust filling the air as breezes sweep over what was once pasturage. (AP Photo)

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DUST BOWL FARMER
Mrs. J.L. Vance digs out mud from the farm watering tank that was home to dozens of gold fish before the dust storms near Garden City, Kan., on April 17, 1935. Drifts several feet high can be seen in the yard, in background, caused by strong winds that blew the soil into huge clouds in the Dust Bowl. (AP Photo)

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DUST BOWL MIGRANT TENT
An unidentified 80-year-old woman from Oklahoma, who is grandmother to 22 children, is photographed at a refugee camp set up for Dust Bowl migrants near Bakersfield, Ca. in 1937. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl Refugees
Once a prosperous Texas farmer, this man is now broke and looking for work in California shown July 28, 1937. Like the bulk of the “Okies” that migrated from the dust bowl, he is honest and industrious. Thousands of the present down and outers operated prosperous farms before the drought ruined them. (AP Photo)

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Herbert Hoover Commends Red Cross 1931
President Herbert Hoover is shown with Judge John Barton Payne, left, chairman of the American Red Cross, as the chief executive stood in Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C., April 13, 1931, and opened the annual meeting of Red Cross with praise of its refusal to take governmental aid in helping the drought sufferers. (AP Photo)

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The Dust Bowl Missouri 1936
Dairy cows shown near a dried up pond in the pasture on the farm of Ben Buhmeyer, where the drought has caused wide damage, July 31, 1936, Missouri. Crops are a total loss in 336 counties in the country as a result of the drought, according to a federal compilation. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl 1937
Water rushed down a ditch in the Dust Bowl at Liberal, Kansas, Aug 15, 1937 as a well, part of a proposed extensive well-irrigation project, was opened at a dedication ceremony. Sponsors of the project hope irrigation by well water will be the salvation of the area. William H. Murray,kneeling, right, former governor of Oklahoma, gave the dedication address. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl Families 1937
The first government "greener pastures" migration started April 24, 1937 from northeastern Colorado to southwestern Colorado irrigated lands. More than 100 families will be moved from "Dust Bowl" lands to the federal project. The Hill and Kovach families load household goods for the westward trek. (AP Photo)

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DUST BOWL MIGRANT CAMP
This is a general view of a makeshift tent dwelling built on wooden platforms in a camp for Dust Bowl migrants near Marysville, Ca., on May 18, 1937. (AP Photo)

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U.S. DUST BOWL MIGRATORY WORKER
An unidentified mother of five children from Oklahoma is shown on May 18, 1937 in California near Fresno where they now live as migratory farm workers as a result of the Dust Bowl. (AP Photo)

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The Dust Bowl Oklahoma 1944
This photo shows what a farmer accomplished after three good crops plus initial aid from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, July 7, 1944 in Guymon, Oklahoma. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl
Trees planted in a shelterbelt strip on the farm of Dr. H. Bungardt near Corbell, Okla., grew so rapidly within four years that he had to ask the forest service to thin them out. Here a forester is shown cutting out one of the trees, April 7, 1939. Many of the tress have grown to a height of 35 feet, stopping effectively the dust-eating prairee winds. (AP Photo)

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Syracuse Dust Storm
Scoop shovels and brooms were wielded in western Kansas to rid sidewalks of deposits of sand earth after duststorms in Syracuse, Kansas, April 13, 1935. ( AP Photo )

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The Dust Bowl Kansas 1935
Keeping the rails clear so trains could go through was one of the major tasks of rail road men in western Kansas during the dust storms. Here is a group sweeping the dust from the tracks, April, 13, 1935, Syracuse, Ks. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl 1935
Trainmen in western Kansas are hoping for relief from dust storm which have made operation of trains difficult, April 4, 1935. Here, a second engine tries to extricate one stalled in a dust drift near Dodge City, Kansas. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl
This field of growing broom corn, August 26, 1938 in Colorado, represents a victory by man over the forces of drought which, five years ago, had turned thousands of square miles of land into a desolate waste, the great dust bowl which threatened the agricultural resources of half a dozen states. (AP Photo)

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The Dust Bowl Kansas 1935
Trainmen in Western Kansas are hoping for relief from a dust storm which made operation of trains difficult. This picture shows a second engine trying to extricate one stalled in a dust drift, April 4, 1935, Dodge City, Ks. (AP Photo)

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H.A. Sohneider

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The Dust Bowl Oklahoma 1938
H.A. Sohneider poses by a fence on his farm, Aug. 26, 1938, Boise City, Ok. He awaits a rain which will give him a crop this year, if it comes. He needs a crop since he has not had one since the drought of 1932. (AP Photo)

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Dust Bowl 1937
Desolation in this part of the Dust Bowl is graphically illustrated by these rippling dunes banked against a fence, farm home, barn and windmill in Guymon, Oklahoma, March 29, 1937. This property was abandoned by its owner when destructive dust clouds forced him to seek fortune elsewhere. (AP Photo)

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