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Dust Bowl: The Great Migration

  • Location Heritage Center Annex
  • Exhibit Dates Permanent

The American exodus.

The images of long lines at soup kitchens, farms buried by dirt, and gaunt faces peering from dilapidated vehicles illustrate only part of the story. This special display takes visitors beyond the dust bowl, with a revealing display of automobiles of the era including an extraordinary Duesenberg, custom-built for Hollywood’s elite, and other makes of the 1930s.

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1927 Ford Model T

The exodus from the Midwest during the 1930s was one of the largest migrations in the history of this country and was made possible by a curious development of the automobile. By 1930, all cars had four-wheel brakes, making those built in the 1920s with two-wheel brakes, particularly the Model T Ford, a cheap yet rugged form of transportation. The Ford Model T was not the only car driven west by "drought refugees," but it was the choice of most.

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1930s Canned Goods

The best way to support the museum is to visit! Open year round, there are plenty of things to do for the entire family. The best way to support the museum is to visit! Open year round, there are plenty of things to do for the entire family.

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