Thursday, July 31, 2008
Oregon or Bust
This is one of my favorite photographs from the Great Depression. The picture was taken in 1936, and shows Vernon Evans by his Model T. Ford. The picture was taken on Highway 10 in Montana. Vernon has left the drought-stricken area of the Dust Bowl, looking for a new start in Oregon. He has his tent tied to his back bumper, and he and his family live in the tent.
What I love about the picture is the sign he has on the back of his car, "Oregon or Bust". I think this reflects the indomitable American Spirit. I was not able to find any other information on Vernon Evans, so I really don't know how things went for him once he got to Oregon, but my guess is that he probably ended up back on his feet.