#1 1930's Dust Bowl  
Perhaps the most devastating weather driven event in American history, the drought of the 1920's and 1930's significantly impacted Minnesota's economic, social, and natural landscapes. Abnormally dry and hot growing season weather throughout the better part of two decades turned Minnesota farm fields to dust and small lakes into muddy ponds. The parched soil was easily taken up by strong winds, often turning day into night. The drought peaked with the heat of the summer of 1936, setting many high temperature records that still stand today.
A combination of cut worms and heat destroyed the
corn on this farm, 6 miles east of Appleton. 1936.
Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society


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