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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


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.


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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.

Perhaps the most devastating weather driven event in American history, the drought of the 1920's and 1930's significantly impacted Minnesota's economic, social, and natural landscapes. Abnormally dry and hot growing season weather throughout the better part of two decades turned Minnesota farm fields to dust and small lakes into muddy ponds. The parched soil was easily taken up by strong winds, often turning day into night.

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The Dust Bowl was no walk in the park (31 Photos)


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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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A heartbreaking photograph from the 1930s dust storms


Scene from a Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl. Drifts of sand pile up beside the barns and farmhouse against the barren backdrop of drought-ravaged Kansas in this 1936 photograph