Local News from Spearfish, South Dakota
Six new pedestal-style interpretive signs are the latest improvement at the Vore Buffalo Jump, a major archaeological site along Highway I-90 halfway between Sundance, Wyoming and Spearfish, South Dakota.
Positioned at intervals along the trail from the rim to the floor of the natural sinkhole, the new signs explain how and why several different Indian tribes repeatedly used the Vore site as a pit trap to kill thousands of bison during a three hundred year period.
“These signs will enhance the experience of Vore site visitors year-round by teaching the basics of the story along a self-guided trail,” says Gene Gade of the non-profit Foundation that owns and manages the Vore Buffalo Jump. “That’s especially important during the off season when we have no interpretive personnel on duty. Moreover, it will free our staff to present more sophisticated and detailed education to summer visitors.”
The six signs were purchased using a combination of funds from the Wyoming Division of Tourism, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Ted Buchanan Memorial. They are only the first stage of an effort that will upgrade the signs, displays, exhibits and other educational endeavors at the Vore site.