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In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl.

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl.

oklahoma dust bowl, unknown source

oklahoma dust bowl, unknown source

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors

Caption from LIFE. "Oklahoma farmer John Barnett's daughter Delphaline, 17, wears bright-colored slacks around the farm. She and her two brothers go to a rural school where there are only four other pupils. Next fall Delphaline will enter high school." Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s, particularly in 1934 and 1936. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought combined with farming methods that did not include crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques such as soil terracing and wind-breaking trees to prevent wind erosion.

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s, particularly in 1934 and 1936. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought combined with farming methods that did not include crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques such as soil terracing and wind-breaking trees to prevent wind erosion.

The Dust Bowl. The animals died, they could not breathe with no shelter the dust filling their lungs.

The Dust Bowl. The animals died, they could not breathe with no shelter the dust filling their lungs.

Fence row covered in dirt.  The most visible evidence of how dry the 1930s became was the dust storm. Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for hundreds of miles. Technically, the driest region of the Plains – southeastern Colorado, southwest Kansas and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas – became known as the Dust Bowl, and many dust storms started there. But the entire region, and eventually the entire country, was affected.

Fence row covered in dirt. The most visible evidence of how dry the 1930s became was the dust storm. Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for hundreds of miles. Technically, the driest region of the Plains – southeastern Colorado, southwest Kansas and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas – became known as the Dust Bowl, and many dust storms started there. But the entire region, and eventually the entire country, was affected.

Farming Family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, so much personality and grit on each face, tough life.

Farming Family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, so much personality and grit on each face, tough life.

Dust Bowl Memories http://pinterest.com/bobbieje/the-dust-bowl-years/ http://pinterest.com/berthaautry/history/   This is interesting because it shows pictures and tells the difficulties during the dust bowl and what happens.

Dust Bowl Memories http://pinterest.com/bobbieje/the-dust-bowl-years/ http://pinterest.com/berthaautry/history/ This is interesting because it shows pictures and tells the difficulties during the dust bowl and what happens.

Grandma was an Okie from the Dust Bowl.

Grandma was an Okie from the Dust Bowl.

Dust Bowl Documentary Uploaded by Jesse Price on Nov 19, 2007  Images of the Dust Bowl put to the music of Pete Bernhard's "Straightline" from his debut solo album "Things I Left Behind"  Category:  Music  License:  Standard YouTube License

Dust Bowl Documentary Uploaded by Jesse Price on Nov 19, 2007 Images of the Dust Bowl put to the music of Pete Bernhard's "Straightline" from his debut solo album "Things I Left Behind" Category: Music License: Standard YouTube License

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

The Dust Bowl:  By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40.  The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

What caused the Dust Bowl?

The Dust Bowl: By 1932, 14 dust storms, known as black blizzards were reported, and in just one year, the number increased to nearly 40. The Dust Bowl brought ecological, economical and human misery to America during a time when it was already suffering under the Great Depression.

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1930s Great Depression Family at Migrant Workers Camp Photo

1930s Great Depression Family at Migrant Workers Camp Photo

BLACK SUNDAY - April 14, 1935 -  The rains didn't return until 4 years later.  When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region.  Crops were ruined.  Farms produced nothing.  Livestock died en masse.  People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads.  There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.

BLACK SUNDAY - April 14, 1935 - The rains didn't return until 4 years later. When the dust settled in April 1935, scenes like this were repeated throughout the high plains region. Crops were ruined. Farms produced nothing. Livestock died en masse. People abandoned their homes in droves, with little more than the clothes on their back to show for many years of hard work building their homesteads. There was nothing of value to sell, no one to sell to.

Route 66 was an escape route from the Dust Bowl, and the Depression in the 1930s. Many ruined farmers packed their scant belongings and drove to California seeking a new start. The movie "The Grapes of Wrath" based on the novel of the same name (by John Steinbeck) portrayed the plight of the Joad Family.... This photo is of a real family that just reached California.

Route 66 was an escape route from the Dust Bowl, and the Depression in the 1930s. Many ruined farmers packed their scant belongings and drove to California seeking a new start. The movie "The Grapes of Wrath" based on the novel of the same name (by John Steinbeck) portrayed the plight of the Joad Family.... This photo is of a real family that just reached California.