The Dust Bowl

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress

Cimarron County in Oklahoma was among the hardest hit parts of the country during the Dust Bowl, the severe drought during the Great Depression that forced hundreds of thousands to migrate west. Arthur Rothstein's photos of Cimarron from 1936 show how the land had literally turned to dust. Today, Cimarron county has recovered, but droughts remain a problem. The county has just recovered from the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, causing the harvest to be the worst in years. But that hasn't stopped eight-year-old Johnna Roberts from enjoying a warm fall day.

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By Travis Fox  |  October 18, 2008; 1:52 AM ET  | Category:  Then and Now
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I love this photo. It makes me smile everytime I see it!

Posted by: krisegg11 | October 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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