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Get Your Kicks on Route 66, Illinois’ Trail
May 14, 2019
This is what Illinois’ Route 66 Trail is working to achieve: a long-distance trail from Chicago to St. Louis; an opportunity to revitalize communities and experience Route 66 as never before.
The Historic Route 66 sign | Photo courtesy iStock by Getty Images
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16 Historic Highlights Along the Route of the Great American Rail-Trail
May 08, 2019
16 Historic Highlights Along the Route of the Great American Rail-Trail. Rail-trails are the perfect way for us to connect to each other, our communities and our cultural heritage. Unique in makeup and geography, each trail that’s hosting the 3,700-miles-plus preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail has many stories to tell—some as old as, or far older than, our country itself. Both well known and lesser known, the histories found along the route demonstrate why the “Great American” is a true national treasure.
Pony Express station at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center | Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management | CC by 2.0
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Illinois’ Hennepin Canal Parkway
March 11, 2019
Now, with its 112-year history, the Hennepin Canal Parkway seems a natural for its latest chapter—as a “gateway trail” in the nearly 4,000-mile Great American Rail-Trail, a cross-country route planned by Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) to stretch across the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Washington State.
Lift bridge, Hennepin Canal, night view | Courtesy of Hennepin Hundred
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A View From … The Great American Rail-Trail
January 23, 2019
Imagine what’s possible with a trail that connects the country. That vision will become a reality thanks to the Great American Rail-Trail, a signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the organization’s most ambitious TrailNation™ project yet.
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington | Photo by TrailLink user biggerdawg
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Nine Hot New Rail-Trails in 2017
December 11, 2017
Say hello to the newest batch of rail-trails in 2017
Westside Trail | Photo by John Becker
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Rail-Trails Honoring America’s Veterans
November 09, 2017
In recognition of Veterans Day, we’ve highlighted three rail-trails that offer quiet, reflective places to honor and remember our country’s servicemen and women.
Eldorado Bicycle and Walking Path in Illinois | Photo by Gary Wilhelm
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10 Great Rail-Trails for Dog Walking
April 10, 2017
Want to enjoy a great rail-trail, but don’t want to leave your furry friend behind? Here you’ll find a list of tail-friendly trails across the country.
Photo by Laura Pedrick, AP Images Photo by Laura Pedrick, AP Images
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Honoring the Legacy of African-American Cycling Legend Major Taylor
February 16, 2017
In the late 1890s, an African-American dynamo exploded onto the bicycle racing scene at record-breaking speeds: Marshall “Major” Taylor.
Taylor on the chainless bicycle on which he won the world championship and broke world records in 1899. Uncredited photo, Taylor scrapbook. | Courtesy Major Taylor Association, Inc.
Barbara Brown, founder of Healing Rides, with her mother on the Constitution Trail in Illinois | Photo courtesy Barbara Brown
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How May T. Watts Inspired the Illinois Prairie Path and U.S. Rail-Trail Movement
March 14, 2016
May Theilgaard Watts was a writer, illustrator, naturalist, scientist and teacher. Her determination that Americans stay connected to their natural landscape in a time of increasing urbanization was the catalyst that led to the formation of the Illinois Prairie Path,
Illinois Prairie Path | Trail photo courtesy David Wilson | CC by 2.0 | Photo of Watts by Isabel Wasson