Getting the signs in the ground is the culmination of a project nearly two years in the making. However, Edinger has plans to create and install more interpretive signs that help people continue to connect with the history and people of our area so the people living in and visiting Sheridan County today can continue to develop a deeper sense of place.
Among them are updates to the Black Diamond Historic Trail interpretive signs and Tongue River Water Trail as part of a partnership with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Abandoned Mine Land (AML). These updated signs will include mine safety information at each site while also incorporating historical and cultural information about each site.
Essentially, Edinger explained, visitors to either the Black Diamond or Tongue River Water trails will be able to drive or paddle through the region’s history.
“I am excited about bringing together local historical and cultural information with the recreational opportunities SCLT offers to the community and to be partnering with an organization like AML that brings the insight to recreate responsibly within the coal mine areas north of Sheridan,” she concluded.
Curt and Linda Schwamb generously shared their time to get the signs installed this summer.
You can find the Bighorn Mountain Panoramic sign on The Link Trail about 50 yards past the rollover cattle guard/pedestrian crossing just beyond the junction of Hoot Loop and The Link trails, both part of the Soldier Ridge Trail System. The Bighorn Mountain Heritage of Plains Indian Tribes sign can be found shortly after the beginning of the Prairie Loop as accessed from Red Grade Road at Red Grade Trails Base Trailhead. The History of Red Grade Road can be found just inside the entrance of the Tinker Trail loop that overlooks Red Grade Road at the Base Trailhead parking lot. Both the Prairie Loop Trail and Tinker Trail are part of the Red Grade Trails System.
Can’t make it? Copies of all three signs are on display at the Sheridan Travel & Tourism office located off I-90 at Exit 23. The Bighorns Panoramic sign is also on display at the Wyoming Room in the Sheridan County Fulmer Library.
Edinger said having the signs in several locations helps more people have easy access to the history and stories each sign shares. “As part of SCLT’s history program and community outreach, we are always looking for inventive ways to get the history projects to a wide range of people,” she concluded.
Regardless of their name, what the Northern Cheyenne Tribe calls Ma’xekȯsáeho’honáéva are always beautiful – and thanks to these three signs, you can explore them in a new way.
SCLT thanks the following people and organizations who helped create the material on the sign: Bighorn National Forest; Ben Rhodd, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO); Christina Schmidt, Wyoming Game and Fish Department; Crystal C’Bearing, Northern Arapaho Tribe THPO; Dave McKee; Donovin Sprague, enrolled member of the Minnicoujou Lakota Tribe and Sheridan College faculty; Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site; Greg Nickerson; Joshua Mann, Eastern Shoshone Tribe THPO; Judy Slack, Big Horn City Historical Society; Lee McClure; Linwood Tallbull, Medicine Wheel Alliance and Northern Cheyenne Tribe; Nathan Barnes, BLM-Wyoming Buffalo Field Office; State Historical Society of North Dakota; Steve Stresky; Steve Vance, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe THPO; Teanna Limpy, Northern Cheyenne Tribe THPO; Tempe Javitz; The Wyoming Room, Sheridan County Library System; Tim Bernardis and Tim McCleary, Little Big Horn College; Wyoming State Archives and all the community members who gave time to the development of the signage.
These trailside interpretative signs were made possible thanks to funding from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.
Click here to view and print trail maps.
Click here to view pdf versions of the trailside interpretive signs.