How to Build an Adobe House

BUild Your Own Adobe House
In El Rancho Grande, Oil on Board by Woody Guthrie, 1936

A pamphlet published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1932 instructs American farmers on how to build their own adobe structures from clay and straw. It cost ten cents, and was discovered by author, poet and musician Woody Guthrie when he visited the adobe capital city of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1936. Adobe buildings are more durable than those constructed of wood, as they were in Guthrie’s home-town of Pampa, Texas. Read the pamphlet in PDF form to discover, as Woody had, the benefits of adobe structures.