‘Trail towns’ hope to reap the benefits of rails-to-trails projects

By Emma J. Murphy

Missouri News Network

WINDSOR — Kim Henderson and her four modern, rentable cabins are setting an example for dreamers like Leisa and Steve Burkemper who want to see their hometown also become a “trail town.”

The Burkempers hope to see Barnett revitalized as a “trail town” through development of the proposed Rock Island Trail.

Barnett and 17 other towns are located directly on the path of the proposed Rock Island Trail and have the potential to host trailheads. 

Like the Katy Trail, the Rock Island is a former railroad corridor that is intended to be developed as a trail.

A person walks the trail on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Katy Trail in Windsor. Kim Henderson, a business owner, said people from as far as Kansas City ask her if there are any available properties for sale in Windsor.

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