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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."

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)

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Dust Bowl Ladies - Oklahoma - 1935 - some said truthfully, that the wind blew the farm away, but we didn't lose everything - we still got the mtg.  Weather lore proclaimed that dust had to be thrown in a man's face to revive him after he fainted when a drop of rain finally hit his face.

Dust Bowl Ladies - Oklahoma - 1935 - some said truthfully, that the wind blew the farm away, but we didn't lose everything - we still got the mtg. Weather lore proclaimed that dust had to be thrown in a man's face to revive him after he fainted when a drop of rain finally hit his face.

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."

Entire cities could be cast into darkness as large swells of dust would mount into tidal waves, covering every inch for miles.

Entire cities could be cast into darkness as large swells of dust would mount into tidal waves, covering every inch for miles.

A dust storm invaded Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935. It became known that the reason this occurred is from the soil being so parched due to drought & from the farmers 'not' rotating their crops. These storm in our history is where the term 'dust bowl' or 'dry as a dust bowl'  came from.

A dust storm invaded Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935. It became known that the reason this occurred is from the soil being so parched due to drought & from the farmers 'not' rotating their crops. These storm in our history is where the term 'dust bowl' or 'dry as a dust bowl' came from.

"Fleeing a dust storm". Farmer Arthur Coble and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma. Arthur Rothstein, photographer, April, 1936.

"Fleeing a dust storm". Farmer Arthur Coble and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma. Arthur Rothstein, photographer, April, 1936.

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.

Surviving the Dust Bowl poster image

Surviving the Dust Bowl poster image

Dust Bowl Memories  http://pinterest.com/bobbieje/the-dust-bowl-years/  http://pinterest.com/berthaautry/history/

Dust Bowl Memories http://pinterest.com/bobbieje/the-dust-bowl-years/ http://pinterest.com/berthaautry/history/

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

Going to school during the Dust Bowl. 1930s

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