Thursday, May 20, 2010

Groundbreaking Set for Metropolis-Brookport Bike Trail

Groundbreaking for the George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 1 p.m. next to the interpretive center at Fort Massac State Park.

The 8.8-miles trail is roughly half shared roadways and half former railroad right-of-way from Metropolis to Brookport.

Backers secured $3.2 million in funding last September.

For more information, check out this PowerPoint presentation.

The name honors Revolutionary War Gen. George Rogers Clark who secured the old Northwest Territory for American forces in 1778-1779. He and his men first landed in Illinois at the mouth of Seven Mile Creek, just upriver from the fort which is still located in the state park.

Metropolis and Massac County officials have been working on this since the early 1970s. Congratulations on the breakthrough.

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