Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Council Votes to Support John Wayne Trail

Spokane's City Council is taking a stand for the John Wayne Trail. The Spokesman-Review says that the Council last night unanimously agreed to support the “preservation, maintenance and improvement” of the John Way Pioneer Trail. This follows threats from state legislators to abandon ownership of some parts of the trail that crosses the entire state.

The 253-mile-long trail, which connects to Spokane via the Fish Lake and Columbia Plateau trails, is the former rail bed for the old Milwaukee Road, which connected Spokane to Seattle. Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha trail also sits on the road.

Legislators will likely discuss selling off parts of the trail in the upcoming legislative session.

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