25 Rare Photos Taken In New Mexico During The Great Depression

The entire nation suffered during the Great Depression that followed in the wake of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. But each part of the country was affected in different ways. In New Mexico, farmers were the hardest hit. The economic crisis combined with a long drought that actually turned New Mexico into part of the Dust Bowl. A 1937 dust storm was so massive that it stretched a mile wide and 1500 feet high.

And it wasn’t just farmers who were affected. During the 1920s, New Mexico was already one of the poorest states and the crash only made a bad situation worse, especially in rural areas. The New Deal projects helped many return to work. However, the 1930s were a tough decade for most New Mexicans. The following 25 photographs give you a hint at life during those years:

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To see more photos from New Mexico’s past, check out these articles about life here in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.