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These 21 Houses In Nebraska From The 1930s Will Open Your Eyes To A Different Time

The 1930s were a hard time for the entire country, but Nebraska was hit especially hard. As if the Great Depression weren’t enough, the Dust Bowl was also making life difficult for our state. As an agricultural state, many Nebraska residents depended on ample amounts of water to keep their crops growing. Ranchers were luckier in that they leaned less heavily on a water supply, but everyone suffered in that time of economic instability.

Still, many Nebraska families were able to maintain some sense of normalcy. They went to work every day and came home to their families at night. These Nebraska houses, photographed by the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s as an effort to document the Depression, were home to all types of people from farmers to ranchers to city business people.

(Click the link below each image for more information on the photographer and location.)

As you can see, there was a huge difference between the fancier homes of the cities in eastern Nebraska and the farm and ranch houses further west. What do you think of these homes from the ’30s (and a couple from the ’40s)? Did your parents or grandparents have houses that looked like these? Tell us your stories in the comments.

Delana
Delana is a writer and editor who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life.