Date of this Version
Journal of the West, Summer 2001, Vol. 40, No. 3
Nowhere is drought a more common feature of the American landscape than in the West. Droughts are well documented in the region's climatic record, and extended drought periods are indicated in tree rings and other surrogates of climate. When settlers headed west in the middle of the 19th century, the high cost of those droughts began to be recorded as well. Coupled with drought occurrence have been repeated attempts to relieve the suffering and devastation caused by the most severe drought episodes.