Understand the picturesque Nature of the Lower St Croix National Scenic and Recreational Riverway: The integrated Use of Historical and Survey Research and Geographic Information Systems Technology

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  • David Pitt
  • Bart Richardson

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https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v9i1.192

Abstract

Aesthetic expectations of Americans visiting the Lower St Croix National Scenic and Recreational Riverway (riverway), a unit of the United States National Park System stretching along an 84 kilometre reach of the St Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, are rooted in eighteenth-century Picturesque Theory. The ability to decode and map the landscape dimensions of picturesque value makes it possible to manage better visitor expectations related to the picturesque ideal. This paper translates picturesque values distilled from analysis of eighteenth-century theoretical literature, literary accounts of nineteenth-century visitors to the riverway and twentieth-century perceptions of riverway stakeholders into mappable landscape dimensions, which are used to create a spatial model of picturesque value with geographic information systems (GIS) technology.

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Published

2004-06-01

How to Cite

Pitt, D. ., & Richardson , B. . (2004). Understand the picturesque Nature of the Lower St Croix National Scenic and Recreational Riverway: The integrated Use of Historical and Survey Research and Geographic Information Systems Technology. Landscape Review, 9(1), 188–192. https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v9i1.192

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