Ever wonder what it must have been like to live in the Dust bowl times? A visit to our Dust Bowl house will give you an idea. As you wander thru you can see how they tried to keep the dust and dirt out of the house every day by stuffing rags, etc in the cracks of the windows and around doors. Notice the plates on the table? All are turned up-side down…. This was to keep the dirt that came in every day off eating side of the dishes. Beds were shook out every night to get a lot of dirt out before crawling in. The baby cribs were covered to help keep the insects and dust away while the babies slept. Times were hard and pickin’s slim for a lot of folks. They didn’t have much and did the best they could to stretch what they had as far as it would stretch…. And sometimes it stretched so hard it broke.
The dust bowl house was first the Liberty School House west of Boise City between Felt and Wheeless Oklahoma. It was closed for several years and Clarence Roberts bought it for his brother in law and his family, They divided it into three rooms and lived there thru the dust bowl years. In 2014 Troy Baker offered it to the Cimarron Heritage Center and it became our dust bowl house.