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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
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)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Sampson, James D., "The Concrete Stave Silo Landscape : Diffusion of Agricultural Technology in Northeastern South Dakota" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1589.