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.

Grandma was an Okie from the Dust Bowl.

Grandma was an Okie from the Dust Bowl.

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.

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)

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)

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.

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

July 24, 1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (43°C) in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin above - Dust Masks Worn During the Dust Bowl, 1936

July 24, 1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (43°C) in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin above - Dust Masks Worn During the Dust Bowl, 1936

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.

Dust Bowl, 1936

Dust Bowl, 1936

Dust Pneumonia from the Dust Bowl. Many people died from the accumulation of all the dust they breathed in, esp young children. So sad.

Dust Pneumonia from the Dust Bowl. Many people died from the accumulation of all the dust they breathed in, esp young children. So sad.

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