10 Rare Photos Taken In North Dakota During The Great Depression
While a lot of the country suffered from an economic depression that has resonated through world history, midwestern states like North Dakota were struggling to make it through what seemed like a never-ending, terrible drought. With farmlands overworked, soil dry, and a lack of trees, dust storms were all too common in the state. Farmers were lucky if they got even 20 bushels of crop out of 20 acres of farmland, and the price of those crops had fallen drastically. Wells dried up, and people gave up their dying farms and moved away when they lost all hope.
It was a hard time for everyone, the likes of which we hopefully will never experience, but we can still take a glimpse into that time. Here are 10 photographs from North Dakota taken during that time that show some of the devastating effects the drought and economy had in the state.
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These hard memories have been preserved through time with photography, but also through the memories of our own families that have been passed down to now. What stories and memories did your family have of the Great Depression and the dust bowl?
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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