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Buffalo Trace Working Group Invites Public To Celebrate Accomplishments
Updated November 4, 2016 7:40 AM
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Many of the Buffalo Trace Working Group members.
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(FRENCH LICK) - On November 15, at 6:30 p.m. the Buffalo Trace Working Group will meet at the French Lick Hotel to celebrate their accomplishments and share what they have learned with the public.

The Buffalo Trace Working Group, organized by the Hoosier National Forest, has worked for two years on a variety of projects related to the Buffalo Trace, and are proud of their successes.

Angie Doyle, coordinator for the Working Group, explains, "We had received so many inquiries on the Trace over the years, and knew there was a lot of interest, so decided to pull people together to see where a coalition of interested people might lead."

Doyle had a few pre-conceived ideas of what the group might accomplish, some they completed, some they didn't, and some amazing things happened that she never even thought of.

"The synergy of enthusiastic people is always amazing to watch," she noted. "We haven't completed every task, but we are to the point, where individuals will finish projects in the months ahead. We've come a long way toward accomplishing our mission."

The group's mission was 'to research, locate and preserve the location and historical significance of the Buffalo Trace in Southern Indiana.

Doyle explained when the French and British colonists arrived in what is now southern Indiana, thousands of bison traveled back and forth through this area from the grasslands of the Great Plains into Kentucky crossing at the Falls of the Ohio. The large heavy beasts had created a pathway. It was used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and then the French, who had founded a trading post at Vincennes in the early 1700's. Known as the Buffalo or Vincennes Trace, the travel way was as durable as any road built today. Modern roads have been built along portions of its route and early pioneers used the Trace to cross the state.

On November 15, members of the Working Group will explain what they have learned and showcase some of the products that have been developed.

She also wants to take this opportunity to recognize the work that members of the group have accomplished.

"I encourage the public to attend; if you like history, I think you'll find what we've learned and done with the volunteer group to be really interesting."

Doyle expects the meeting to last an hour or so, depending on questions.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are appreciated.

The meeting is sponsored by the French Lick Resorts who has been one of the partners in the Project.

Please contact the Bedford office at (812) 275-5987 for more information or to RSVP, at (812) 275-5987 or email at angelardoyle@fs.fed.us.



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