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Rails to Trails gaining interest

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Leader photo by GLYNN HARRIS Two hikers take advantage of the Rails to Trails walk-way that covers 62 miles from Winnfield to near Minden. What was formerly the old L&A railroad line has been converted into a hiking/bike riding/horseback riding trail.

I can still hear it; the late night labored chug-chug of the old steam locomotive as it attempted to gain speed to make the grade of Oshkosh hill.

The railroad track lay like a ribbon atop the raised dump that served as foundation for the Louisiana and Arkansas (L and A) spur of the KCS railroad that cut a swath through the pines and hardwoods a quarter mile behind our country home.

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