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Ohio River Scenic Byway Ohio

June 11, 2011 by USA Post 

Ohio River Scenic Byway OhioOhio River Scenic Byway Ohio, The Federal Highway Administration has awarded two grants National Scenic Byway Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Illinois, according to Sheryl Durham, director of the Scenic Byway. The Byway crosses the counties of Gallatin and Saline. A and 90,192 grant was awarded to the Ohio River Scenic Byway for the development of a master plan for interpretation to provide a comprehensive assessment of the intrinsic qualities of the byway, the Durham said.

The master plan will serve as a guide for developing sites and places of interest along the way to improve the visitor experience and stimulate the local economy.

The second grant of 550,000 and was awarded the Friends of Fort Massac to buy 8.32 acres of property adjacent to Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, and for demolition of abandoned buildings on the site.

The second phase of the project is to design and construction of a replica Massac Village, “a pioneer village is once again on this property in 1800. Massac Village will be a pioneer in working village with log cabins and live demonstrations of how people lived, worked and played. FOFM vision is to develop an attraction for visitors to complement Fort Massac State Park preserves and interprets a historic site, Massac and provides an educational experience.

Durham said the development of a pioneer village will not only create a need to increase the overnight stays, but will provide job creation and economic benefits to the region.

The 188-mile Byway includes the seven counties of Gallatin, Saline, Hardin, Pope, Massac, Pulaski and Alexander.

For additional information or to request a brochure and map Byway, contact the Ohio River Scenic Byway at 618-524-9219 or send an email to director@ohioriverscenicbyway.net.

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