The historic Peanut Line walking trail in the RM of Pipestone is getting a boost that will help document its historic significance for all who hike the trail.
Economic Development Officer for the municipality, Tanis Chalmers says, “The trail has been rough cut, but there is currently no interpretive signage that identifies this trail.”
The challenge is to interpret the story of the Peanut Line Trail and provide a link to other trails that are yet to be developed.
A recent heritage grant of $4,193 to the RM of Pipestone means that a professional consultant will be hired to produce an interpretive master plan for a series of trails in the municipality.
“The grant will be used for an essential planning process. Once the planning process is complete, we will then be able to order and install signs for the Peanut Line Trail and work on further development of more trails.”
Funding under the province’s Heritage Grants Program will fund this and another project also within Riding Mountain constituency says MLA Greg Nesbitt. The Cardale School Commemorative Committee will receive $2,500 to erect a memorial to the school, its students and teachers. The memorial will include a brief history of the school building. (Cardale, near Oak River, is some 85 Kms NE of Virden.)
“I know from living in rural communities for my entire life that projects such as these invoke
community pride,” said MLA Nesbitt. “I am pleased that communities continue to
undertake projects to honour our past so that future generations know the history of their
Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox awarded a total of $255,000 for 50
projects across Manitoba. She said, “Our government is pleased to invest in initiatives that will help community groups and organizations preserve pieces of Manitoba history to share with future generations.”
The Peanut Line Trail
Reston was built along a growing railway system at the turn of the 20th century. From a spur line out of Wolseley, Saskatchewan, 'The Peanut' rolled into Reston. Now you can walk along part of the Peanut Line. This out-and-back walking trail was first cut in 2018 and will continue to grow to include interpretive signage and more legs of the trail.
The Peanut Line Trail is the first of multiple phases of historical interpretive trails that the RM would like to establish.