What happened to this abandoned railroad in Illinois is such an amazing story I have to share it with you.

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Abandoned Stories In Illinois Usually Don't End Well

Whenever a business, building, or anything else becomes abandoned, it's usually a sad story. They close or go out of business, which is never a good thing. Then sit unoccupied for years and become a wreck of a place.

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An Abandoned Story In Illinois With A Happy Ending

This abandoned story in Illinois is an exception to the rule. Many years ago, a rail line around the Chicago area shut down. Instead of just leaving the old track there to rot, a group of residents decided they wanted something better. It was converted into a bike and hiking path.

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The former Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin Electric rail lines became the Illinois Prairie Path.

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I grew up near the Prairie Path. My friends and I would ride our bikes down it all the time. When I played youth football we did a "walkathon" fundraiser every season there too.

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What Is The Illinois Prairie Path?

According to onlyinyourstate.com, 

The Illinois Prairie Path is a network of 61 miles of biking and hiking trails.

 

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It is mostly in DuPage County, with some spilling out to Kane County and Cook County.

 

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The Illinois Prairie Path has been around since 1963.

 

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The project was started by volunteers but now the local government maintains it. The path is filled with beautiful scenery including wildlife, vegetation, water, bridges, and even railroad tracks.

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For more info about the Illinois Prairie Path, HERE.

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Can You Guess The Abandoned Rockford Business?

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