Thursday, August 02, 2007

Some tracks being removed along Rock Island Trail

I enjoy walking along the Rock Island trail near where the old railroad bed is. I reminisce about how the train used to take passengers to our city. Recently I noticed that the rails are being dismantled on the trail section west of Powers. My questions are why are these rails being removed, who approved it and who's paying for it?
— Robert Veghte

Reader Darlene Hultquist also wrote in about the rails saying “the trail got its name from the railroad and the tracks were part of the trail. It's such a disappointment to see them removed.” After biking the trail Rod Rockwell e-mailed, “Another piece of Colorado Springs history falls to the wrecking ball.”

ANSWER: Here’s the answer from Chris Lieber, who manages trails and open space for the city parks department. The city is purchasing the property but the railroad tracks are owned by Colorado Springs and Eastern Railroad, which is salvaging them. “This does not involve city dollars,” Lieber said. “At three points where the trail crosses the railroad tracks, these sections of track will be retained for their historical value, to kind of always help people recall the historical significance of the railroad,” Lieber said.

Lou Carpenter of Manitou Springs wrote: "I would suggest Robert Veghte take his hike west of Powers Blvd. along the Rock Island Trail. He will find several places where the railroad crosses the trail and shows exactly how it was. I ride the trail from the Bon Shopping Center to Powers Blvd. and back, often. It is delightful and also pleasant to note that none of the work was done at taxpayer expense. We can give a big Thank You to the Trails and Open Space folks for this delightful experience."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

leave the Rock Island trail as it is

6:06 PM, February 11, 2008  
Blogger Charles said...

I was wondering about an old race track at the intersection of highway 24 and 94 you can still see the road and buildings.
Chuck Bader

7:40 AM, December 12, 2009  
Blogger Chuck Bader said...

I was wondering if you could get some infomation on the oll race track by peterson AfB IT IS ON THERE LAND .You can see it from the top of hwy 94 at the top of the hill with a pair field glasses.
ON THE OLD Banning Lewis Ranch.
There is a person that can help you his name is Ron Palmer phone # 6604656 or Ken cox phone 4733469.

9:31 AM, April 13, 2010  

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