84 years ago – April 14, 1935 – ‘Black Sunday’ by Kaye Spencer #sweetheartsofthewest #DustBowl #coloradohistory

 

April 14, 1935 went down in history as “Black Sunday”.

A dust storm that people later described as a black blizzard swept over the Oklahoma Panhandle area in the afternoon and made it to Amarillo, Texas that same evening. People who left the region later gained the name, ‘exodusters’. That the dust bowl years coincided with the Great Depression made the entire decade one of extreme hardship for a large population (estimates of upwards of 2.5 million people) of the United States…

…Even when you were inside your house, when the dirt blew, you wore a wet bandana tied over your mouth and nose to keep from choking on the dust. Crops blew away, and farmers were helpless to do anything to intervene. Women hung set sheets and blankets over windows and doorways in futile attempts to stop the dirt and dust from coming into the house. In some areas, dirt that was fine as sifted powdered sugar would pile in drifts just as snow drifts…

Read the entire article at the Sweethearts of the West blog spot. Click HERE.

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer