lived in western Iowa in the 1940's and 1950's heard many stories
about the Winter of 1936. Some of the stories almost seemed too
exaggerated to believe. The snowstorms went on and on. The cold
was brutal. The winds piled up drifts so high that even the train
was covered. Auto travel went nowhere as all roads were blocked.
Horse drawn sleds could go right across the fields and cross the
fences on hard packed snow drifts. Coal was running low and people
were freezing in their houses. Brave souls gathered together and
with sweat labor, scooped out paths for travel on the streets,
on the roads, and even on the railroad tracks.
In this collection,
we are presenting some of the evidence that has been preserved
to show what it was like to have lived through that winter. Most
of these pictures come from the Ed Clauson collection.