Bonanza Farms: The End of an Era
The bonanza farm era ended quickly, as the soil was depleted by 25 years of continuous wheat growing, prices changed, and huge farms proved too expensive to maintain. Never intendeded as long-term investments, but get-rich-quick schemes, the bonanza farms were doomed and ended by the Great Depression.
Bonanza farms, enormous and productive, were the unique outcome of railroad building and settlement enticement in the late 1800s in the Red River Valley. Covering thousands of acres and utilizing hundreds of workers, the farms and their relatively brief history are featured through interviews, photographs, and contemporary media coverage.
Bonanza Farms, Prairie Public Broadcasting.
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Social Studies, Science
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