The Days Of The Locusts: The Great Swarm Of 1874

By | September 5, 2019

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A modern-day locust swarm in Madagascar. Source: ( RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Plagues of locusts are something that most people associate with stories from the Bible or mythology. However, the reality is that locusts have been a dire problem through all of history with one of the most devastating swarms occurring in the American west in 1874.

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Pioneer Wagon Train. Source: (Photo by Nawrocki/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

The end of the American Civil War hastened the settlement of American west. Homesteaders in the tens of thousands pulled up stakes in the east to take advantage of the 1862 Homestead Act which enabled settlers to claim 160-acre plots of land. Pioneers swarmed to the Great Plains. The settlers were in turn greeted by swarms.