On Dec. 14, 2021, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources accepted ownership of the Rock Island Corridor. The department plans to develop the 144 miles of the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad corridor, which stretches from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri, into a public recreational trail. Missouri Central Railroad Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameren Missouri, donated the property at no cost to the state.
The department entered into an Interim Trail Use Agreement with Missouri Central Railroad Company in 2019 to railbank this section of the Rock Island Corridor. Railbanking, established in 1983 as an amendment to Section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act, is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service. This interim trail use of railbanked corridors has preserved thousands of miles of rail corridors that would otherwise have been abandoned. Development of the trail will occur in sections over several years, as each section of the corridor has different features and challenges.
In January 2022, Missouri State Parks held Rock Island Corridor public meetings in Versailles, Owensville and Freeburg. The open house-style meetings gathered public input, and gathered the needs and goals of each community and the landowners along the corridor. The meetings included information about trail development and operations, public safety, landowner and real estate topics, grant opportunities, and future partnership opportunities. To view the information provided at the public meetings, click here.
Missouri State Parks also held a series of community assessment meetings with elected officials, local business owners and community members to discuss potential grant and partnership opportunities along the undeveloped section of Rock Island Trail State Park. The details of scheduled meetings can be found below.
|Jan 17, 2022||6 p.m.||Eldon Community Assessment||Eldon Career Center, 112 S. Pine St., Eldon|
|Jan 18, 2022||5:30 p.m.||Versailles Public Meeting||Morgan County Library, 600 N. Hunter St., Versailles|
|Jan 18, 2022||7 p.m.||Versailles Community Assessment||Morgan County Library, 600 N. Hunter St., Versailles|
|Jan 20, 2022||5:30 p.m.||Owensville Public Meeting||Scenic Regional Library-Owensville Branch, 503 S. Olive St., Owensville|
|Jan 20, 2022||7:30 p.m.||Owensville Community Assessment||Owensville City Hall Council Chambers, 107 W. Sears Ave., Owensville|
|Jan 25, 2022||5:30 p.m.||Freeburg Public Meeting||American Legion Post 317, 402 Highway 63, Freeburg|
|Mar 2, 2022||6 p.m.||Stover Community Assessment||Stover City Hall, 107 W. Second St., Stover|
|Mar 3, 2022||6 p.m.||Belle Community Assessment||Belle City Hall, 200 E. Third St., Belle|
|Mar 7, 2022||6:30 p.m.||Freeburg Community Assessment||Freeburg Town Hall, 304 S. Highway 63, Freeburg|
|Mar 8, 2022||6 p.m.||Rosebud Community Assessment||Rosebud City Hall, 307 N. Cedar, Rosebud|
|Mar 15, 2022||6 p.m.||Cole Camp Community Assessment||The German Table, 107 E. Main St., Cole Camp|
|Apr 7, 2022||6 p.m.||Windsor Community Assessment||Windsor City Hall, 125 S. Main St., Windsor|
|Apr 8, 2022||9 a.m.||Cole County Commission||Cole County Courthouse, 311 E. High St., Jefferson City|
|Apr 11, 2022||6 p.m.||Gerald Community Assessment||Gerald Lions Hall, 120 N. Bernhardt Ave., Gerald|
|April 21, 2022||7 p.m.||Argyle/Leslie Community Assessment||Knights of Columbus, 513 Second St., Argyle|
|May 11, 2022||7 p.m.||Morgan County Mennonites Community Assessment||Show-Me Auction Center, 17829 Shadey Brook Drive, Versailles|
|May 12, 2022||6 p.m.||Barnett Community Assessment||Barnett Baptist Church, 714 Third St., Barnett|
|Jun 2, 2022||6:30 p.m.||Bland Community Assessment||Bland City Hall, 109 Colorado Ave., Bland|
|Jun 2, 2022||9 a.m.||Gasconade County Commission||Owensville City Hall Council Chambers, 107 W. Sears Ave., Owensville|
|July 11, 2022||6 p.m.||Eugene Community Assessment||Eugene Christian Church, 10606 Tunnel St., Eugene|
|Jul 15, 2022||8:30 a.m.||Morgan County Commission||Morgan County Courthouse, 100 E. Newton, Versailles|
|Jul 20, 2022||9 a.m.||Miller County Commission||Miller County Courthouse, 2001 Highway 52, Tuscumbia|
|Jul 25, 2022||1 p.m.||Benton County Commission||Benton County Courthouse, 316 Van Buren St., Warsaw|