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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Janet Gritzner


silo, silage, agricultural landscape, GIS, diffusion


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


Includes bibliographical references (pages 99-101)



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