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Great Depression

Amber Waves of Change: Dust Bowl Revisited? (Part 2)

This parched field, just outside of Colby in Thomas County, shows the effects of the region's worst drought since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. (Photo by David Guth)

Most of western Kansas remains in drought or near-drought conditions, raising fears that the region could once again return to the days of the Dust Bowl.  University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth traveled the region while conduting research for an upcoming book about issues confronting the rural Midwest.  In this report, he looks back at the Dust Bowl that was... and the one that may come again.

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