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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Janet Gritzner

Keywords

silo, silage, agricultural landscape, GIS, diffusion

Abstract

Geographic diffusion of agricultural landscape features gives us a picture of our state history. This thesis is a geographic analysis of the business history (1937-1967) of Watertown Cement Products Company, based in Watertown, South Dakota. It examines how the constructed products of a single company gave a unique character to the landscape of a large portion of the state of South Dakota and a picture of the importance of silage and silos. The research applies GIS technologies to map and analyze the spatial patterns over this landscape. Cultural landscape change and diffusion models were used to define the spread of Watertown Cement Products concrete stave silos over time. The results show that there were multiple influences that determined the diffusion of concrete stave silos across the state of South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Watertown Cement Products Company -- History
Silos -- South Dakota
Cultural landscapes -- South Dakota
Agricultural innovations -- South Dakota

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 99-101)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

112

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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