SCLT Still Accepting Public Input for Historic Mine Byway

SCLT Director Colin Betzler
SCLT Director Colin Betzler

The Sheridan Community Land Trust is working to create Sheridan County's first Historic Mine Byway with the help of oral history gathered from local citizens.

Project and oral history coordinator David Paullin says that the byway will include the mining communities of Acme, Carneyville/Kleenburn, Deitz, Kooi, and Monarch.

Director of the Sheridan Community Land Trust, Colin Betzler, says that the mine byway is new to Sheridan County and just the third in the state of Wyoming.

In April the SCLT submitted the nomination for the project, and the state historic preservation office approved it and took on the project lead, meaning that the SCLT can save time and money by acting mainly in a supporting role.

Betzler says that the project will allow for a museum-like feel for former mining communities.

SCLT has conducted about half of their goal of 70 interviews so far, and invites anyone in the area of the byway or with knowledge of the area history to come forward.

Paullin added that interviews will be specifically used to build the signs along the byway. QRT codes that can be scanned with a smartphone will allow visitors to hear interviews downloaded through podcasts.

Downloadable transcripts of interviews and CDs that can be listened to along the byway route are also being considered. Information will be stored with help from the Sheridan County Museum, Sheridan Travel and Tourism and the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.

Interviews will be conducted through the month of October, and those who want more information or to help with the project can contact the Paullin at 763-2984 or 674-4702. You can also email him at david.paullin@gmail.com.

More information can be found at www.sheridanclt.com.

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