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The Vanishing Prairie is a 1954 documentary film directed by James Algar and released by Walt Disney Productions.

The Vanishing Prairie
Directed byJames Algar
Produced byBen Sharpsteen
Walt Disney
Written byJames Algar
Winston Hibler
Narrated byWinston Hibler
Music byPaul J. Smith
CinematographyN. Paul Kenworthy
Edited byLloyd L. Richardson
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • August 17, 1954 (1954-08-17)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.75 million (US and Canadian rentals)[1]

The theme music was given a set of lyrics by Hazel "Gil" George. It was rechristened as "Pioneer's Prayer" in Westward Ho, the Wagons!, a western film about pioneers on the Oregon Trail.

The Vanishing Prairie was released on video in 1985, and 1993 in United States.



  1. ^ "1954 Box-office Champs". Variety. January 5, 1955. p. 59. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "NY Times: The Vanishing Prairie". NY Times. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "5th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved December 25, 2009.

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