National Trails Community Celebrates Historic Railbanking of the Rock Island Corridor

14 Dec 2021


ELDON, Mo., Dec. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, advocates for the Rock Island Trail celebrated as Gov. Mike Parson announced that the state of Missouri would officially take ownership of the 144-mile Rock Island Railroad corridor between Windsor and Beaufort, Missouri. The governor's announcement, which comes after decades of advocacy and negotiations, marks the final step in railbanking the corridor, which is now destined to be preserved—and enjoyed—as a trail.

"The Rock Island corridor is exceptional. Corridors of this length are few and far between. For decades, we've heard from so many people—from Missouri, across the country and around the world—who are looking forward to the day they can experience the Rock Island Trail. Today is a historic milestone in the advocacy to preserve the corridor, delivering economic opportunity, tourism, recreation and more for generations to come," said Eric Oberg, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC's) Midwest regional director.

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