"the drought and die-up of eighty-six"
Dust storm caused by drought conditions (Midland, Texas)
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Drought conditions plagued farmers and ranchers of Texas, along with the rest of the Great Plains and West, from 1884-86. The crisis, exacerbated by a winter blizzard, reached a peak in 1886.