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Local Tour Route Sign

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The local tour route sign is intended to mark a road route that will take visitors to a number of historic trail sites or segments. See figure below for an example of how a local tour concept works, or download the figure as a PDF (102 KB pdf).

The local tour functions similar to the auto tour route with the principle difference being the local tour route usually follows a number of local low speed, rural, or even dirt roads. The primary consideration for development of a local tour is when a number of historic trail sites or segments exist in a relatively small geographical area, and signing each of the sites separately would become difficult and confusing.

Considering a Local Tour Route

  • Identify a beginning point (a trailhead) to provide road signs that direct the traveling public to start the tour.
  • Provide a basic level of orientation at this starting point that includes a map, information about what to see and do on the local tour, and the length of the route.
  • Consider sufficient facilities to accommodate the public, i.e. safe parking off of the road, a site identification sign, and some level of interpretation (outdoor exhibits).*
  • If signing will be provided on public roads, obtain landowner’s permission to allow access to the general public.

*Signage and interpretation go hand-in-hand. A site that has historical significance where you want to erect a sign — will also need interpretation, usually in the form of outdoor exhibit(s).

 
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Did You Know?

A barbed wire fence and windmill are near the Point of Rocks formation on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in New Mexico

Trade on the historic Santa Fe Trail was a complex web of international business, social ties, tariffs, and laws. Merchants in Missouri and New Mexico had extended connections to New York, London, and Paris!