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Diorama: "Grazing on the Public Domain"

National Park Service, Eastern Museum Laboratory1936/1937

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

This diorama was created in 1936-1937 for the original installations in the General Land Office alcove of the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, which opened in March 1938. It depicts a grazing scene in the public domain. In the foreground are two men installing posts for a barbed wire fence. A watering trough is to their left. Two other men are huddled together in the middle foreground; one is seated atop a horse and the other is crouched by the horse's feet. A herd of sheep are to the right of these men; some are three-dimensional, and the rest are painted on the backdrop along with a man and dog, plus a house with outbuildings and a windmill. The landscape is sandy and flat with sparse, low vegetation. Records indicate that the site shown is one of the eight grazing districts in Utah established by the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934.

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  • Title: Diorama: "Grazing on the Public Domain"
  • Creator: National Park Service, Eastern Museum Laboratory
  • Date Created: 1936/1937
  • Physical Dimensions: Approximately H 96.5, W 62, D 51 inches
  • Provenance: INTR 07367, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Subject Keywords: sheep, field, grazing, Grazing Service, ranching, livestock, Utah, horse, fence, Division of Grazing
  • Type: Diorama
  • Rights: U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Medium: sand, paint, wax, wood, wire, stone, fabric, acrylic, plaster

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