A little bit of information can have a powerful effect.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Early Warning System is the
only service in the United States that scans for the proposed abandonment of
railroad corridors in every state, information we then send to relevant local communities
and trail advocates to alert them of the potential for a rail-trail.
In October of last year we learned that Pickens Railway
Company had filed for the abandonment of 8.5 miles of track near the cities of
Pickens and Easley in Pickens County, South Carolina. Our blog, email list and
eNews blasted that out to our friends and partners in South Carolina and our
network of 500,000 trail fans across America.
Eight months later, Pickens and Easley have taken this great
opportunity and run with it.
It was terrific to read in
the Easley Patch today that both cities' councils have eagerly approved
purchasing the former Pickens Railway line in order to create a bicycle and
pedestrian trail, inspired by the great popularity of the nearby Swamp Rabbit
"It's going to draw a lot of people to the area," said Pickens
Mayor David Owens. "When they come in, they're going to eat, they'll buy gas.
That's what it's all about for us, to draw people into town."
"It's going to bring revenue to Pickens, the county, Easley
as well. I think it's a win-win for all of our residents."
Congratulations, Pickens County. It's terrific to have you
join the movement toward a more healthy, active and prosperous America.
I live in Easley and am so looking forward to this happening. It will be great just riding out the driveway and hitting the Doodle 😊😊😊
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