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Dusty Rabbit Run

July 2024
1min read

In 1935 Mr. Warren Johnson of St. Joseph, Missouri, was caught in a dust storm in western Kansas and beheld the startling scene above. “The dust storms were so bad that year,” recalls Mr. Johnson, “that several times the highways were closed due to zero visibility. The blowing dust was very hard on the engines. In fact, the engine life of a car in a dust storm was about a hundred miles. So, when this one blew up, I drove all night to get out of it.”

He stopped only once, when, passing through a town in the afternoon, he saw the main street swarming with jack rabbits fleeing from the oncoming storm. “I saw them come running on and on, driven by their natural instinct to get out of it all, and I took time out to snap this picture. The rabbits ran ahead of the storm for miles until they were exhausted or found a place to hide.”

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