Browsing articles from "December, 2018"
Dec
25
2018

Trail Ramblings: The MoPac Trail From Rail To Limestone.

The following is from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy website: “In 1989, the citizens of Lincoln voted 3-to-1 in favor of a bond issue to support the city’s burgeoning trail system. As an editorial in the Lincoln Journal put it, the result “reaffirms the responsible desire of Capital City residents; they want to maintain theirs as an unusually progressive and attractive community, being willing to pay for it.” Keep in mind that this was not too long […]

Dec
17
2018

Trail Ramblings: If You Lived In And Around Lincoln 100 Years Ago.

The snow has melted and it’s muddy now, but when it dries, and if you know where to look, you can still see traces of some camp buildings and features of the former Epworth Park, in Wilderness Park. It was a summer camp run by Methodists from the first years of the last century until 1935, when 10-14 inches of rain fell over six days. Sound familiar? In 2015 when the park flooded we lost […]

Dec
10
2018

Trail Ramblings: The Rock Island, North

 Last week I focused on some history of the Rock Island Trail south of the Penny Bridges, and the proposed connection to Wilderness Park. Here are a few photos I didn’t have last week. Checking rail. Photo courtesy Bengtson Family Archive. The derailment. The Penny Bridges are seen in the background looking North.  Photo courtesy Bengtson Family Archive. We think the structure in the center is the construction of Maude Rousseau School. Photo courtesy Bengtson […]

Dec
3
2018

Rambling Different Trails: How Much Do You Know About The Rock Island Trail?

If you’ve been anywhere near the Penny Bridges lately, you know the trail under them is closed for drainage work. A few of you may remember when the Rock Island trail was a functioning railroad. I do have very dim memories of it since I visited extended family who lived close to the Penny Bridges with a backyard that ended almost at the tracks. I asked my cousin who still lives there what he remembered […]

Dec
3
2018

November #ShoutOut

The standings were shaken up in November with Sarah Knight slipping to fourth and Ryan Patrick moving from sixth to first in the Top Commuter rankings. In the “Most Trips” category, Maria Goller held her spot, but Paul Gebers charged from eighth in October to second in November. In terms of most miles, both the women’s and men’s categories were shuffled.