Drought refugee, Yakima Valley, Washington, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Washington, Yakima Valley. Drought refugee, aged sixty three, from Bismark, North Dakota. "Came to Washington three years ago in that Chevy coupe you see over there and twenty-five dollars cash. Had 480 acres back there. I dried out after thirty years, lost it, and walked out." With help of Work Projects Administration (WPA) and supplementary work on ranches is buying three quarters of an acre in shacktown near Yakima, has it nearly paid for, has good garden. "On my own place I can't starve."
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