Black Diamond Byway Dedicated Saturday

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One of seven signs along the Black Diamond Byway
One of seven signs along the Black Diamond Byway

Over 150 people attended the dedication of the new Black Diamond Byway which took place Saturday at the Kleenburn Recreation Area just north of Sheridan. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott was there as another piece of history was being made.

Saturday was a perfect fall day for the dedication of the new Black Diamond Byway that honors Sheridan County's mining heritage and tells the story of those who lived and worked in the coal mining towns just north of Sheridan.

Seven signs between Sheridan and Ranchester give visitors an opportunity to walk and recognize coal's history and coal's presence in Sheridan County.

Sheridan Community Land Trust began the project a year and a half ago. Executive Director Colin Betzler.

Guest speakers included U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and Peter Kooi Simpson whose grandfather, came to Wyoming and was key in Sheridan County's early mining days. He tells the story of his mother.

Simpson said there's just something about coal we all can relate to.

Sheridan became the melting pot of the state during the 1890's with quite a tapestry of 23 nationalities working in the coal industry. Coal is still king in Wyoming. Senator Enzi extends this warning.

Betzler says the historic byway could keep tourists here just a little bit longer but adds...

Maps of the byway are available online at

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