Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why isn’t the Transcontinental RR designated a National Historic Trail?

From: "Gene Finke" genefinke@windstream.net
Subject: National Trails System

National Historic Trails are designated to protect the remains of significant overland or water routes to reflect the history of the nation.

They represent the earliest travels across the continent on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail; the nation's struggle for independence on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail; epic migrations on the Mormon & Oregon Trails and the development of continental commerce on the Santa Fe Trail. They also commemorate the forced displacement and hardships of the Native Americans, on the Trail of Tears.

Why isn’t the Transcontinental RR designated a National Historic Trail?

Gene Finke, Beatrice, Nebraska


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first transcontinental railroad as built but with some realignments is in current operation as the Union Pacific Railroad.

7/26/2011 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/26/2011 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is also a dispute regarding whether abandoned land grant railroad rights of way are railroad company property or revert to federal ownership and become available for use as trails.

See related discussions,

National landmark designation for CPRR

Article on Federally Granted Railroad Rights of Way

7/27/2011 11:27 PM  

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