“The record of the Great Plains is to a great extent a record of settlement and abandonment.” — J. Russell Smith
Dust storm near Mills, New Mexico
On the plains west of Fresno, California. Family of seven from Oregon dairy ranch which they lost. “We tried to get too big, I guess. Milk cans are all that’s left of the dairy. Now pick bolls to make fifty cents to one dollar a day. We can’t work every day or maybe we could get by.” Rent for house without water or sanitation — six dollars per month. Plan next to pick fruit. “They say if you come to California, you always come back, but I’m willing to leave it.”
Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses in this district have been abandoned
Drought-abandoned house on the edge of the Great Plains near Hollis, Oklahoma
Abandoned farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas
Abandoned tenant cabin of the Mississippi Delta
Fence corner and outbuilding being buried by dust. Misuse of lands is the chief cause of results such as this. Mills, New Mexico
Carter County, Oklahoma. Abandoned land, exhausted soil
Dust storm. It was conditions of this sort which forced many farmers to abandon the area. Spring 1935. New Mexico
A corral practically buried by drifted dust. Mills, New Mexico. Therefore, the fertile top soil of a grazing area cannot be utilized
Farm machinery left on abandoned dry land farm in Columbia Basin. Washington, Grant County, one mile east of Quincy.
Abandoned farm on the high plains, Texas County, Oklahoma.
One of many abandoned homes in the Widtsoe area. Utah.
These farm implements should never have been used for they destroyed a naturally rich grazing area. Mills, New Mexico
Mailbox in Dust Bowl. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas
Abandoned church in cut-over area. Boundary County, Idaho
Land cut over by lumber company and not replanted. Greene County, Georgia.
What is left of the alcohol plant, built to utilize refuse. Fullerton, Louisiana, an abandoned lumber town
Remains of sawmill in Fullerton, Louisiana. An abandoned lumber town
Careyville, Florida. A sawmill village, abandoned after the closing of the mill
Power farming displaces tenants from the land in the western dry cotton area. Childress County, Texas Panhandle