Dust Bowl

By Natasha Jackson

The Dust Bowl

During the Great Depression there was a large dust storm and drought that spread throughout the nation's plains. This area was known as the Dust Bowl and stretched over parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Nebraska. Farmers had exhausted the land by over producing and the grasslands had become unsuited for farming. Many crops were being destroyed or blown away by the storm. The storm had become so thick that it would in fact cause darkness to spread. The drought had caused the land to become very dry and farmers could not produce the crops that they needed to sell and survive.

The Great Depression's Effects

Farmers had the hardest time during the Great Depression. They were faced with much debt because of much supply and not enough people being able to afford any of the produce. Many farmers were forced to sell their land to be able to cover all of their debts. They were left homeless and lost in the cities. Thousands of farmers had migrated to California or other areas on the Pacific Coast states.


In history there have been many cases like the Dust Bowl. Over the past 5 years there has been a huge drought in the state of Texas. A few months ago they had their first good rain in 4 years. Nothing is able to grow there and many of the farmers are very distressed about the situation. Even though there have been incidences like this, there have also been many times were we have gotten a little too much rain. A few years ago near the northern parts of Missouri there has been a major flood. This was caused by a huge storm that came in and had lasted all day causing the Missouri river to flood over its banks. They had spent years cleaning up the water and restoring the plants to their original form.