4 responses to The Holmes County Trail
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    Comment on The Holmes County Trail (January 8th, 2010 at 09:36)

    I’ve done some reading on the subject because of an old railroad line in Hopkinsville (KY) that we are trying to make a “rails-to-trails” project. To make a couple of sweeping observations, the people with property adjoining old railroad lines *always* think that they should be given the land. They also *always* think it will increase crime.

    Happy New Year, and congratulations on your book!

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    Wayne King
    Comment on The Holmes County Trail (January 8th, 2010 at 10:01)

    The same s;ituation faced the community in
    Arthur, IL. As it turned out, the RR track bed was returned to the original owners of the adjoining land.

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    Comment on The Holmes County Trail (January 11th, 2010 at 22:53)

    Here in western Washington we have a lot of trails that used to be railroad beds. The one nearest my house is called the Centennial Trail. It’s a nice paved 18 mile trail that has several parking areas at different intervals and accommodates foot traffic, bicycles, and horses. It is maintained by the county parks department. All of the parking areas have gates that close automatically just at the end of dusk. I’ve never heard of any crime on our trail. The Holmes Co Trail looks like a good idea and a safe one for buggies.

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    Comment on The Holmes County Trail (January 12th, 2010 at 06:41)

    Great to hear from everyone about some different examples of converted railbeds. Genevieve thanks for the insights on human nature and rails, and also thanks for the wishes on the book!

    Wayne I was wondering in the Arthur situation, were they required to purchase the land? I guess I’m curious how the land was originally acquired as well, simply annexed or was there compensation? I know you may not know offhand, but interesting issue.

    Christina the trail you mention sounds quite nice, do they also have 2 different surfaces?

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