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Historic trail in SEK getting national attention

Pike Trail being studied as National Scenic Trail

BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. - A local trail with ties to the shaping of America is getting national attention. 

That trail -- also happens to go through parts of southeast Kansas. 

On March 12th, President Trump signed the National Resource Management Aact.. which includes a requirement that the National Park Sservice study the Pike National Historic Trail for designation as a national scenic trail. 

Something that will include parts of southeast Kansas. 

Randy Rasa, Thrive Allen County, ABC Trails:"Pike's expedition was probably right up there with Lewis and Clark."

According to the Pike National Historic Trail Association, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike set out from Fort Bellefontaine, Missouri to explore the newly purchased Louisiana territory in 1806 -- something that would take him along the Little Osage River in Bourbon county, and through Allen County.

Jody Heoner, Bourbon County Economic Development Director:"Any time that we're able to get any federal or national recognition, it would be.. it's just wonderful for our community because any time we can promote or raise awareness of the quality of life that we have here in rural communities, [it] helps."

Designating a bike and auto route that would follow along Pike's trail is also part of the ABC Regional Trail plan, that connects Allen, Bourbon, and Crawford counties."

Rasa:"I visualize probably a signed bike route and there would probably be a parallel auto tour route as well. And perhaps we would add some interpretive historical signage, to say, at this point, Zebulon Pike saw this."

Officials say having a trail by itself would be great for the area.. but that trail being designated as a national scenic trail.. would be that much better.

Hoener:"When we area able to put the pieces together and connect outdoor recreation with any other kind of sector or interest group..like the historians and the people who like to look at all of the history and how our nation came to be.. it makes it more than just exercise or just recreation."

The Pike National Historic Trail runs approximately three thousand six hundred miles from Missouri to Louisiana. 

If you want to learn more about the trail, follow this link.
 


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