The Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad recently received a nearly $50,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ Recreational Trails Program for Phase 3 of the Iron Horse Trail. Phase 3 is a half-mile long section, beginning at Bridge Street in Enterprise and traveling west across the Smoky Hill River Bridge. “This recent grant is another step towards connectivity between Abilene and Enterprise,” said Ross Boelling, Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Board President. “The grant funds will build an 8’ wide trail along the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad’s track. Funds will also construct two, 4’ walkways along Bridge #3 and the Smoky Hill River Bridge. The Community Foundation of Dickinson County will provide a $12,455 (20%) match for the grant.
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Photo: Phase 3 of the Iron Horse Trail looking west from Bridge Street in Enterprise.