Some new signs went up in Winona along Highway 14 near st. Mary's University last summer and they are meant to bring attention to some history involving the highway.
The signs say 'Black and Yellow Trail' and, thanks to a Rochester couple who brought some research to the state legislature, they mark the official designation, over a century ago, of an historic route between Chicago and Yellowstone National Park.
The Rochester Post Bulletin says Ray and Susan Rickets brought the historical route to the attention of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and even put up the 36-hundred dollars to have the signs made...including signs installed in the Owatonna area.
The original route was changed some when the official state Highway 14 was created but some of the original route still exists...including Olmsted County Road 147 between St. Charles and Dover, and Olmsted County Road 9 near Whitewater State Park.
The Minnesota Legislature made the route the 'Black and Yellow Trail' from Wisconsin to South Dakota, part of state statute affective last August First.