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Encyclopedia > Illinois Prairie Path
The Prairie Path in Wheaton, Illinois.
The Prairie Path in Wheaton, Illinois.

The Illinois Prairie Path (often called the Prairie Path and abbreviated IPP) is a network of 61 miles (98 km) of bicycle trails, mostly in DuPage County, Illinois. Portions of the trail extend west to Kane County and east to Cook County. Most of the trail is categorized as rail-to-trail, meaning that the bicycle path is built atop an old railroad right of way. In the case of the Prairie Path, the vast majority of its routing runs on the former right-of-way of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3264x2448, 2824 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3264x2448, 2824 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Incorporated City in 1859. ... Segregated cycle facilities may consist of a separate road, track, path or lane that is designated for use by cyclists and from which motorised traffic is generally excluded. ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rail trails are former railway lines that have been converted to paths designed for pedestrian, bicycle, skating, equestrian, and/or light motorized traffic. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... CA&E public timetable dated February 2, 1936. ...

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Routing

2-mile marker of the Aurora Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path in Wheaton, Illinois.
2-mile marker of the Aurora Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path in Wheaton, Illinois.

The Illinois Prairie Path consists of three distinct branches originating from a point just west of downtown Wheaton. The northwest branch is called the Elgin Branch and runs approximately 16 miles (26 km) to Elgin. This branch is the longest of the three. The southwest branch is called the Aurora Branch and runs approximately 14 miles (23 km) to Aurora. The eastern branch is known as the Main Stem and runs 15 miles east to Forest Park at the Forest Park CTA station. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,448 × 3,264 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,448 × 3,264 pixels, file size: 1. ... Incorporated City in 1859. ... Incorporated City in 1859. ... Incorporated City in 1854. ... The Paramount Theatre under renovation, downtown Aurora. ... Incorporated Village in 1907. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ...


All three branches are marked with concrete mile markers stating the name of the branch, and how many miles away from Wheaton the rider currently is, although the frequency and character of these markers varies from county to county.


After its conception, spurs were added to the system extending west from the Elgin Branch to Geneva (known as the Geneva Spur) and west from the Aurora Branch to Batavia (known as the Batavia Spur). These spur branches are 6 and 5 miles (10 and 9 km) long respectively, and are also marked with mile markers. Incorporated City in 1835. ... Batavia is a city in Kane County, Illinois. ...


The Prairie Path itself is part of a larger regional network of trails in Chicagoland. The Elgin Branch and Main Stem are part of the 535 mile (861 km) Grand Illinois Trail in north-central Illinois. On a more local level, the Prairie Path intersects with Kane County's Fox River Trail four times, and the Great Western Trail — a parallel connector between the Main Stem at Lombard and the Elgin Branch. There will also be future connections to the West Branch DuPage River Trail, the East Branch DuPage River Trail, and the Salt Creek Trail.[1] Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used primarily by copywriters, advertising agencies, native residents, and traffic reporters. ... The Grand Illinois Trail (occasionally abbreviated GIT) is a multipurpose recreational trail in northern Illinois. ... The Great Western Trail is made up of two non-consecutive sections of the former right-of-way of the Chicago Great Western Railway in suburban Chicago and northern Illinois that have been converted into biking and hiking trails. ... Lombards Maple Street Chapel, built in 1870, served as the villages first town hall and library. ...


The DuPage County Department of Transportation maintains internal designations for the Illinois Prairie Path as a part of the county's highway system. County Highway 47 refers to the Main Stem and the Aurora Branch. County Highway 48 refers to the Elgin Branch. County Highway 49 refers to the Batvia Spur, while County Highway 57 refers to the Geneva Spur.[2]


History

The concept of a regional trail in DuPage County was introduced in 1963 by May Theilgaard Watts, a leading figure at the Morton Arboretum. In a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune, she called for the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Electric Railroad right of way to be preserved for future generations instead of being given over to development. After eight years of contentious meetings between Watts and her representatives, and those of the towns of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn (who sought the right-of-way as valuable parking space), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton designated the Illinois Prairie Path as the second of 27 new National Trails. In the designation, Mrs. Watts was honored "for her outstanding efforts toward establishment of the Illinois Prairie Path." For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... May Theilgaard Watts (1893 – 20 August 1975) was an American writer, illustrator, and teacher. ... The main entrance to the arboretum. ... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ... Incorporated Village in 1892. ... Rogers Clark Ballard Morton Rogers Clark Ballard Morton (September 19, 1914 – April 19, 1979) was a U.S. Republican political figure. ...


On August 23, 2006, a new pedestrian bridge was lifted into place over the Des Plaines River between Maywood and Forest Park. The bridge and new approaches permit a direct crossing over the Des Plaines River, allowing the main stem of the Prairie Path to terminate further east, at the Forest Park CTA station. The bridge and approaches opened in late October 2006, after lighting and emergency call boxes were installed.[3] {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... A call box or callbox is a (usually metal) box containing a special-purpose direct line telephone or other telecommunications device, which has been used by various industries and institutions as a way for employees or clients at a remote location to contact a central dispatch office. ...


References

  1. ^ DuPage County Department of Economic Development and Transportation Planning, Tylin International, Bascor et al. (2003-07). Proposed Improvement Plan for the Existing DuPage County Trail System. Retrieved on 2005-12-28.
  2. ^ DuPage County (2005-03-31). Listing of DuPage County Highways. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  3. ^ Pierce, Victoria. "Pedestrian bridge to fun and profit", Chicago Tribune, 2006-08-24. Retrieved on 2006-08-24. 

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