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Trails and Rails Program

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Since the beginning of the 20th Century, railroads have played an active role in developing America's national parks and spreading cultural heritage.  And that was the focus of Minot's Scandinavian Heritage Association discussion Saturday afternoon.

Sponsored by the National Park Service and Amtrak, Trails and Rails is a program that originated in Minot. Amtrak passengers get the chance to connect to public lands and get a better understanding of the need to protect natural and cultural resources. Trails and Rails Guide Loren Anderson says not matter what a person's background may be, learning about your cultural heritage can help shape the future.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the core discovery," says Trails and Rails guide, Loren Anderson. "You look back at that and the initial push by Thomas Jefferson.  The small amount of money that was spent, even in today's terms, and the mark they left on the country to come out here and expand West, it's just amazing what they did at that time."

For more information about the Trails and Rails program, visit www.amtrak.com.

 

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