Trail of Years

By Ted Villaire

Source: Rails To Trails

Four Volunteers Log Decades of Support for Illinois Prairie Path

As the iconic Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) passes the half- century mark this year, the Chicago-area rail-trail displays its remarkable success in many ways. Swarms of people use the trail year-round. Towns all along the 62-mile route hail it as a community asset. Hundreds of people show up on cleanup days to keep the trail groomed and proud. And then there are the four volunteers—two married couples—who over the decades have contributed ideas, elbow grease and countless hours to get the path off the ground and into the hearts of local residents. Jean and Paul Mooring and Nancy and Dick Wilson have led a small but determined group of tireless volunteers who have planned, built and bolstered the IPP, even when there was no roadmap for doing so.

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