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Constructing Heritage for the Historic U-Lazy-S Ranch

Author(s): Dallas C. Ward

Year: 2017

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Heritage as a cultural process is observed through three-layers:  people, history, and landscapes.  These layers are analyzed together to gain a holistic view of heritage construction at the historic U-Lazy-S Ranch located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in northwestern Texas.  This generational cattle ranch has been in operation for over 100 years.  As ranching requires large tracts of land spread across the landscape, multiple sites must be examined and combined with documentary and written accounts to expand interpretation.  Fieldwork has identified eight historic archaeological ranching sites. Source material from museums and archives and the results of three oral histories with landowners have been examined in order to understand and construct this heritage. Results demonstrate that process is facilitated by passive and active agency of constituencies.  Illuminating the heritage of this ranch further informs an understanding of regional ranching heritage, as well as the process of heritage construction. 

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Constructing Heritage for the Historic U-Lazy-S Ranch. Dallas C. Ward. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435594)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 685

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America