The Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation is excited to announce the dedication of the Site’s new tipi style exhibit building on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. The event and open house will also mark the official opening of the 2013 public visitor season. VBJF members and visitors are invited and encouraged to attend. The thirty foot diameter tipi structure is nearing completion. It will add more than 200 square feet of attractive exhibit space as well as restrooms. It represents a quantum leap in the development history of the VBJ. RJ Olson Log Builders of Hulett, Wyoming designed and constructed the new building. They also constructed the original log cabin at the Site six years ago.
The cabin will continue to house a few interpretive exhibits, but will also be modified to serve as an admissions area, gift shop and storage facility. The new tipi building will feature exhibits that explain why the Vore Site was so attractive to various Indian tribes, the nature and importance of the Bison‐Indian relationship, how pre‐horse Indians conducted communal buffalo hunts, and how the various tribes were migrating, cooperating, competing and developingculturally during the period of Vore Site use. Exhibits detailing the archaeological excavation of the Site and plans for its future development as well as the current location and status of tribes that used the site will be featured in the new building Exhibits related to that science and to the butchering and processing of the bison will be
located in the building in the sinkhole where excavations are on‐going.
Well and Water/Waste
The long‐awaited water and waste‐water infrastructure is also nearing completion. In April, Taylor Drilling Company of Rapid City began drilling west of the sinkhole. Unfortunately, the drillers hit a
“void” too large to accommodate (probably the cavern associated with the sinkhole) at the original drilling location they tried west of the VBJ. They moved east of the sinkhole onto Vore property. The second hole successfully reached water of both the quality and quantity needed. The required pump, pressure tank, pipe, toilet features and leach field will be installed in May. Restroom facilities will be located in the new tipi building and are necessary to provide a comfortable experience for the steadily
increasing visitation at the VBJ.