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Archive for Sunday, November 18, 2012

25 years ago: Rails-to-trails coalition eyes abandoned tracks

November 18, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 18, 1987:

A Lawrence group was hoping to turn a mile of unused railroad track into a bicycle and nature trail. Clark Coan, co-chair of the Kansas Rails-to-Trails Coalition, said today that the Santa Fe tracks running south from about 20th Street and Moodie to 29th Street would be a perfect start for a trail system. Santa Fe officials had applied in June to abandon and pull up the south mile of a three-mile industrial rail spur that started just north of East Ninth Street near the Kansas River. The tracks were the remnants of the Baldwin route that had been abandoned 20 years ago. Once the tracks were lifted, the land would revert back to landowners. Coan and the Coalition were working with the city to acquire the land and develop it into an addition to the city's existing bike routes.

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