Tongue River Adventure Club Takes Trip Into Sheridan County’s Past

A group of students from Tongue River Elementary and Middle Schools got to spend several days in the Bighorn Mountains searching for something. Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher tells us what they were looking for.

1893 was a big year for Sheridan County. The first electrical lights shined in the brand new Sheridan Inn. The railroad reached Sheridan and put the community on the map. Logging became a huge industry because of the railroads need for wooden ties. And the Tie Flume was constructed to bring that lumber to the mills. Students involved with the Tongue River Adventure Club went searching for remnants of the Tie Flume last week. What did they find?

That’s Tongue River School Teacher Deb Hofmeier. The Tie Flume may have been gone for nearly 100 years but it is still a great teaching tool.

All the students on the trip seemed to have a tale to tell upon their return. One story describes the select few tie hacks that broke speed records at the time by riding down the flume. Those hardy souls reached speeds in excess of 80 MPH and made the 35 mile trip from top to bottom in only 13 minutes.It will be interesting to see what the next adventure for the Adventure Club will be.

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