No matter the climate, trees are perceived as a requirement for United States cities. Trees have been a practical and visual necessity for the urban environment since the America colonial era to today. In arid and harsh environments, like southeastern Wyoming, trees become an agent allowing the city site to be livable; ready for metaphorical and physical family tree roots. This thesis explores tree’s ornamental purposes and practical purposes seen on the High Plains of southeastern Wyoming and the nation at large. The narrative begins with the American Plains’ greater historical context, then explores Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming’s tree planting history. The last chapter analyzes America’s cultural value embedded with city trees. Lastly, as climates have begun to change, so too must an American aesthetic bound to green grasses and exotic species.
|Commitee:||Denzer, Anthony, Roberts, Phil|
|School:||University of Wyoming|
|School Location:||United States -- Wyoming|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, History, Aesthetics|
|Keywords:||American history, American west, Cheyenne, Cottonwood, Laramie, Trees|
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