Tipple Trail interpretive signs get upgrade
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 The existing signs that interpreted t he T ipple T rail had b ecome we athered and out of date.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.