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Master of Science (MS)


Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

Committee Chair(s)

George T. Blanch


George T. Blanch


Before presenting an economic analysis of farm tenure in the Uintah Basin, it will be helpful to consider some aspects of the historical, economic, and social background of that portion of the region included in this study.

A portion of the Uintah Indian Reservation, which was created in 1861, was opened to white settlement under the homestead and townsite laws on August 28, 1905 after 103,000 acres of farming land had been allotted to individual Indians living on the reservation and 276,000 acres reserved for Indian grazing lands and timber reserve.

Because of the large deposits of asphalt products that had been found nearby and a belief that the mountains were rich in minerals, much attention was attracted to this homestead opportunity. As a result 37,702 persons applied for entry of which it was estimated there would be land for only 5,772 when final drawings were made. Although this region seemed to be an "Eldorado" at that time it has later become one of the greatest problem areas of the State of Utah.



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