Just picked up our most recent copy of Missouri Life magazine (September 2019), and was amazed and thrilled that the landowner stories in regards to the Katy Trail were told and explained. I know that articles written by people who were not intricately involved in the subject cannot convey the emotion and even facts sometimes of an issue, but this one, i suspect, comes close. It is a long article, but one well worth reading. This sort of land grab is not the first of its kind in US history. In fact, this same issue has another story entitled: 210 Miles to Taum Sauk
The establishment of the Katy Trail through Missouri is a story of government land grab – not eminent domain – just a confiscation. We have not been affected (yet) by the rail banking scheme, but it still makes me angry enough (on behalf of the landowners) that, even today, i have not visited any of the Katy Trail (at least i have not meant to).
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