LAND USE

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 12: Land Use

 LAND USE

Land Use is how we negotiate our space.  Space can be used as one of the analytical tools we study in order to think historically.  Yet, as Doreen Massy* has reminded us, “We cannot understand place by enclosing it in boundaries … space is a simultaneity of stories so far …” and is created by the connections of people to the land and connections between peoples and bigger geographies. The space in which Pine Mountain was created is more than geography and has been and is continually shaped, managed, and studied through actions that take place those peoples who occupy the space and their larger geographies. Land use is fluid. It is dynamic and it is a historical record. At Pine Mountain, this melding of the social, the physical and the mental — three types of space that Henri Lefebvre** sees as fundamental  — can be seen in the archival record (documents and photographs) as well as in the current physical evidence of space use found in the social exchange and mental maps that those who share the space form . That space is theirs, in their stories, as much as it is the space documented in the official record.

*See:  Massy, Doreen. (1994) Space, place, and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
**See: Lefebvre, (1958; 1992) Henri. The Social Production of Space. Wiley-Blackwell.

Land use is one of the more fascinating and confounding aspects of the history of Pine Mountain Settlement School. In the archival record, land use is recorded by the following:

GUIDE TO LAND USE DOCUMENTS

Land Use: Coal Mine and Mining

Land Use: Gas

Land Use: Lands Unsuitable for Mining

Land Use: Liens, Right-of-Way, Roads

Land Use: Little Shepherd Trail

Land Use: Laden Trail or “The Road

Land Use: Land Use Plan for PMSS c.1913

Land Use: Maps of PMSS Area

Land Use: Soil Survey by Bell & Harlan Co., KY

Land Use: Timber and Logging

Land Use: Jillson, Willard Rouse “Agricultural Perspective of Kentucky Geology” 1925

SEE ALSO: 

DANCING IN THE CABBAGE PATCH GUIDE
FARM AND FARMING
MARY ROCKWELL HOOK
KATHERINE PETTIT
EVELYN K. WELLS

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