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FIRST - Rail to trail designated Nat. Recreational Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 43° 47.602 W 090° 22.126
15T E 711690 N 4852288
Quick Description: The Elroy-Sparta rail-to-trail was the first trail of its kind in the United States to be designated a National Recreational Trail by the United States Department of Interior. The headquarters for the trail is here in Kendall, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2007 12:34:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM20XG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Super_Nate
Views: 15

Long Description:
Text from the marker reads:
“This 32 mile state trail was formerly the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The conversion from “rail to trail” represented a new concept in recreational development. Utilizing the abandoned railbed, it was the first trail of its kind in the United States to be designated a National Recreational Trail by the United States Department of Interior. The trail is primarily used for bicycling, hiking and snowmobiling. Passing through scenic areas, it links the communities of Elroy, Kendall, Wilton, Norwalk and Sparta. Added attractions are its three tunnels, the longest being 3,833 feet. Train service began in 1873 as steam locomotives hauled grain, livestock and passengers. Rail service ended in 1964. The trail was established by the Department of Natural Resources in 1965 and opened to the public in 1967.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Place or Location

Date of FIRST: 01/01/1967

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