Heartbreaking Photos Of The Dust Bowl

America’s bread basket has gone to rot. Over 100,000 acres of farmland have been lost to the worst drought in living memory, leaving families destitute.


Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses in this district have been abandoned.

Photo: Dorothea Lange


Resettled farm child. From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms project, New Mexico. December, 1935.

Photo: Dorothea Lange


Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle. March, 1936.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


People living in miserable poverty. Elm Grove, Oklahoma.

Photo: Dorothea Lange


Dust storm. Note heavy metal signs blown out by wind. Amarillo, Texas.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


Buried machinery in a barn lot; Dallas, South Dakota.

Photo By: Sloan


Dust bowl farmer driving tractor with young son, near Cland, New Mexico.

Photo: Dorothea Lange


A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935.

Photo By: George E. Marsh


Son of farmer in dust bowl area. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


Liberal (vicinity), Kan. Soil blown by dust bowl winds piled up in large drifts on a farm.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


Grassy Butte. The drought area of North Dakota.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


A farm house bured in dust.

Photo Credit: CORBIS


John Frederick of Grant County, North Dakota, shows how high his wheat would grow if there were no drought. July, 1936.

Photo By: Arthur Rothstein


Displaced migrant mother of seven, Dorthea Lange.

Photo: Dorothea Lange

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