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25 years ago: South Lawrence rail line considered for walking trail

June 5, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 5, 1989:

An unused portion of a Santa Fe Railway line in southeast Lawrence was possibly going to be available for conversion to a hiking and bicycle trail, according to an article today. City officials had begun talks in the previous year with Santa Fe about allowing a rails-to-trails conversion for the track, which stretched from just north of the 23rd Street overpass to 29th street. "We haven't had any occasion to do this before in Kansas," said Roth Gatewood, general attorney for Santa Fe in Kansas. "But there isn't any problem. Our management has agreed to it. It's just a matter of getting the paperwork completed and the agreement executed." Mike Wildgen, assistant city manager, said the city and the railroad had discussed an agreement in which the city would purchase the track and ties for approximately $7,500. The city intended to recoup the cost by having the items salvaged, Wildgen said.

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