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Missouri communities hope Rock Island Trail can bring fresh faces and business to rural towns | KCUR 89.3

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WINDSOR — Kim Henderson tidies up four modest log cabins tucked a few blocks behind Main Street in this small town 90 minutes southeast of Kansas City.

“I’ve told people so many times — and I still mean it — I did the cabins more for Windsor than I did for myself,” Henderson said.

Windsor, with a population of about 2,900, is where the Katy Trail and the 47 miles of existing Rock Island Trail meet. Both are two former railroad corridors. One is now a world-famous outdoor recreation attraction. The other is only one-fourth completed.

Henderson, now a small business owner, has lived in Windsor for more than 30 years. She’s seen the benefits the Katy Trail has delivered to her community.

“It brings people here that never would have come to Windsor, Missouri,” Henderson said.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources officially acquired the 144 remaining miles of…

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