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Offline tonythomson

Underground Railway why ...
« on: January 31, 2010, 03:07:41 pm »
Why does the UG on Sect 4 map No43 leave the Ohio to Erie Trail (Prairie Grass Trail - unless I have it wrong) and go via Clifton only to rejoin the trail at South Charleston Oh?  It's not much of a detour but just wondered as Rails to Trails say it is well maintained.
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Offline JMilyko

Re: Underground Railway why ...
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 06:03:35 pm »
Hi Tony,

We got in touch with the researcher for this route and this is his response to going off the bike trail/path:

The reason(s) that the current maps route riders to Clifton and later
re-join the bike path in S Charleston is to route people past the front door
of The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.
The route also takes people closer to Massies Creek Cemetery where Martin
Delany is buried.  Martin DeLany is known as the father of Black
Nationalism, he was active n the URR, was the first African American officer
in the US army, met with Lincoln in the White House and shared a strategy
for winning the war.  The original marker for his grave was small and had
his name misspelled.  The museum raised money for a more appropriate maker
for a person of his stature and they are very proud of the project. Another
reason for the current routing is that it takes people right through the
campuses of two HBCU's Wilberforce University and Central State University.
Both have supported riders using the route.

From a historical perspective I like the current routing.  From a pure
cycling perspective of getting from point A to point B staying on the path
would make more sense.  So those are the trade-offs.

I suspected it was a historical reason, but it's always nice to have confirmation.


Jennifer H. Milyko
Assistant Director, Routes & Mapping

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.
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Offline tonythomson

Re: Underground Railway why ...
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 12:49:10 pm »
Many thanks I thought that might be the reason and will happily go via Clifton as I wanted ride this route for exactly those reasons.

Sorry if somewhere on the map I missed this.
Regards Tony
Just starting to record my trips