Tip­ple Trail in­ter­pre­tive signs get up­grade

The Drumheller Mail - - THE DRUMHELLER MAIL - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The A tlas Co al Mine Na­tional Hist oric Sit er eceived an upg rade on H ol­i­day Mon­day, a s memb ers of the Drumheller Rot ary Club came out to in­stall new in­ter­pre­tive signs. The ex­ist­ing signs that in­ter­preted t he T ip­ple T rail had b ecome we athered and out of date. The Ro­tary Club along w ith C ana­dian B ad­lands wer e a ble to fi­nanc ially supp ort r eplac­ing t he 13 signs and the club had a work bee to in­stall them. “Our signs were out of da te and r eally we athered, and these ne w p anels w ill r eally last us , eas­ily a de cade,” said cu­ra­tor at the At­las Jay Rus­sell. The sig ns ar e c om­posed of the same ma­te­rial as the Val­ley Mine Dr iv­ing Tour sig ns and Rus­sell did t he r es­earch to up­date the signs with rel- evant in­for­ma­tion.

“I r eally en­joyed do­ing t he re­search in it and we f ound a lot mor e inf or­ma­tion a bout the A tlas when we wer e r evamp­ing the signs so it was a good op­por­tu­nity to do that,” said Rus­sell. He says that pha se 2 of t he in­ter­pre­ta­tion sig n upg rade will b e f or t he ma­chiner yard. “We have the signs now and we just ha ve t o do a lit tle ground­work and we w ill erect those signs,” he said. The project cost about $25,000 f or t he 13 sig ns on the Tip­ple Trail and anot her 12 in the ma­chin­ery yard. y The A tlas is e xpe­ri­enc­ing a g reat ye ar, and in f act, the hol­i­day week­end brought on one of its best days ever. This is the 80th an­niver­sary of the Tip­ple and t he 30th ye ar for the op er­a­tion of t he his­toric site.

Mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller were at the At­las Coal Mine Mon­day morn­ing, Au­gust 8 to in­stall 13 new in­ter­pre­tive signs along the Tip­ple Tr ail.

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