The Plow That Broke The Plains

In the mid-1930's, Roy Emerson Stryker and his band of photographers were roaming the Dust Bowl, capturing images of the devastation in hopes of rallying support for Roosevelt's New Deal. This "documentary division" of the Farm Security Administration captured images, not of the dust storms, as news outlets across the country had done, but of … Continue reading The Plow That Broke The Plains

“This rusty car creaking along the highway to the west…”

In 1935, facing mounting pressure from Congress about the "Dust Bowl" problem, and thanks in part to Hugh Bennett's passionate plea to save the Plains, President Roosevelt created the Resettlement Administration. The main purpose of this entity was to give a buy-out, about seven hundred dollars per family, for people affected by the drought and … Continue reading “This rusty car creaking along the highway to the west…”

Boise City: The Town That Wasn’t…Then Was

Paved streets lined with beautiful, mature trees. An artesian well in the middle of town, gushing cold, clean, abundant water. Rows upon rows of quaint, sturdy houses with manicured lawns and picket fences. Blocks of booming businesses connected to the larger cities by railroad and, just beyond the city limits, hundreds of miles of rich … Continue reading Boise City: The Town That Wasn’t…Then Was