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Consider the benefits of developing a recreational trail

April 8, 2012
Dan Case, Dallas Center , Times-Republican

The recent announcement of the potential abandonment of the Iowa River Railroad from Marshalltown to Steamboat Rock is bittersweet. This railroad line has a fascinating history attached to it, and was once an important means of transportation through the Iowa River Valley going back to the 1860s, contributing greatly to the settlement of many of the communities along the line. As technology, highway infrastructure and economics have gradually shifted traffic away from this rail line, it was only a matter of time before abandonment would occur as has been the fate of so many other branch railroad lines in Iowa. As someone who is a railroading aficionado, it is unfortunate to see this finally come to pass.



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