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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."

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.

Dust storm during the Dust Bowl of 1930s. THIS is the moment I will say, "no, you Don't have to clean your room today."

Dust storm during the Dust Bowl of 1930s. THIS is the moment I will say, "no, you Don't have to clean your room today."

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.

More than one million acres of land were affected during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

More than one million acres of land were affected during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...

dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...

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)

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

Great Depression Dust Bowl 1930 | Vintage Vivant » Archive » Lillian Gish, Dust-Bowl Doll

Great Depression Dust Bowl 1930 | Vintage Vivant » Archive » Lillian Gish, Dust-Bowl Doll

A farm is buried during the dust bowl years, early 1930s.

A farm is buried during the dust bowl years, early 1930s.

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