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First in Class: Washington Trailblazer Clara McCarty Wilt Was UW’s First Graduate
March 04, 2024
The first graduate from UW was the trailblazing Clara McCarty Wilt, who would also go become the first woman elected to public office in WA.
Clara McCarty Wilt and YWCA friends, likely in the 1920s | Photo courtesy University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections (POR2339)
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Leveraging This Moment for Impact
February 06, 2024
Over the past several years, these are all ways we’ve described the momentum driving the national movement to connect the nation by trail.
Group on trail - Photo courtesy Getty Images
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Elevating Opportunity in 2023—Reflections From the Trails Movement
December 14, 2023
It has been described as a “tipping point,” “critical mass” and “milestone” achievement. Regardless of what it’s called, there’s no doubt that the proliferation of trail networks around the United States is significant.
Ohio's Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail | Photo by Jason Cohn
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Montana’s Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trail
November 07, 2023
Montana’s Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trail (SBCGT) parallels its namesake creek, which provides habitat to bald eagles and yellow-headed blackbirds, sandhill cranes and waterfowl.
Montana's Silver Bow Greenway Trail near Fairmont Hot Springs Resort | Photo by Richard I. Gibson
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End of the Line: How Timber and Train Tracks Transformed the Olympic Peninsula
October 25, 2023
This History Along the Great American Rail-Trail® feature explores the timber industry and creation of two railroads on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the early 1900s. The late-1918 completion of the Spruce Railroad, which was meant to aid the war effort, led to a national scandal.
U.S. Spruce Production Division splicing an eye into cable during a logging operation | Photo courtesy Bert Kellogg Collection of the North Olympic Library System
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Exploring Midwestern Marvels Along the Great American Rail-Trail With the Traverses
October 05, 2023
We thrive on these adventures—appreciating the unknown, the unexpected and the unique individuals we meet along the way. Being on our bicycles provides us with a sense of freedom and a way to stay attuned to the present moment.
Patrick and Shevonne Travers on a trail trip through the Midwest | Photo courtesy Patrick and Shevonne Travers
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Trail Moments With Ash Manning: Wild Relationships
September 29, 2023
The dirt and crushed limestone crunch beneath my step as I continue my walk in the woods. I pause briefly to reflect on why I am here in the first place.
Photo courtesy Ash Manning, @AshleysAdventure on Instagram and @ashleysadventure_ on TikTok
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Christopher “Salt” Morton’s Trail Moments: A Journey of Self-Reflection
September 27, 2023
I made the impulsive decision to embark on a journey to walk across the country solo and be the first Deaf man in America to do so.
Trenton, NJ | Photo courtesy Chris “Salt” Morton
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Trail Moments With Ajoa Abrokwa: Sharing Experiences and Creating Memories
September 18, 2023
To this day, I have had numerous visits to this trail, with my family, friends and other community members alongside me, biking, walking and hiking.
Tandem bike ride | Photo courtesy of Ajoa Abrokwa
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Pennsylvania and West Virginia’s Panhandle Trail
September 12, 2023
Stretching 29.2 miles through small towns and the countryside of West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, the Panhandle Trail is a key piece in connecting several longer routes, including the Great American Rail-Trail®
The Panhandle Trail passes beneath a trestle on the Montour Trail | Photo by Milo Bateman