The History

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Dedicated to Preserving the History of the Rock Island Corridor and Building a Hiking and Biking Trail.

Our history begins in the early 1900s when The Rock Island Railway was built. Small towns developed along its length. When rail traffic was discontinued in the 1980s, many of the communities also began to decline.  MORIT has a vision to turn this unused resource into an easily accessible walking and bicycling trail. As you will see as you explore these pages, rails to trails projects greatly benefit communities. Because rail corridors generally have a 2% or less grade, trails built on former rail beds are easy for anyone to use.  They provide free access to physical fitness activities for all. Rail trails also provide safe routes for children to walk and bike to school. They provide economic opportunities as hikers and bikers purchase food, rent lodgings, and take advantage of other local venues. Trails increase land values along the trail.  All these benefits and more are possible when the Rock Island Corridor is converted to a hiking and biking trail.

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