“Dust Bowl” Documentary Could Prompt Dust Bowl Tourism

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 21, 2012)--The Oklahoma and Texas panhandles may see an uptick in tourism after the two-part television series on the Dust Bowl, which many call the nation's worst man-made disaster.

PBS' series on "The Dust Bowl" concluded Monday night.

The film by Ken Burns featured interviews with a number of Panhandle residents who lived through a decade's worth of drought and windstorms.

The executive director of the Guymon, Okla., Chamber of Commerce, Jada Breeden, expects interest in the area to pick up because of the series.

Nick Olson, director of the XIT Museum in Dalhart said the series and books about the period will bring people to the region.

Olson says many people who visit think the area still has sand dunes.

He says the dunes exist, but are now grass-covered.

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