1965A Nation Derailed
Across the United States, once-busy rail lines have fallen silent as passengers and freight increasingly travel by road and air. Some people see an opportunity in these rights of way, now freed up by disuse.
In Wisconsin, a 32.5-mile abandoned stretch of the Chicago and North Western railroad begins its transformation into the first rail-to-trail project in the United States. Known as the Elroy-Sparta Trail for the towns at either end, it passes through three rock tunnels.