[7], This article is about a shared-use pathway in Minnesota, United States. It crosses MN 4 and MN 7, and will parallel MN 7 for 24.5 miles (39.4 km). [1] The trail system was built after 1995, when the Luce Line Railroad was abandoned west of Interstate 494. MinnPost | P.O. For this reason, it did not create new rural communities. The company petitioned to abandon the segment of the railroad from Hutchinson to Gluek in 1967. For more info and trail closure areas please visit our website. The original intent was to have the Luce line be electrically driven but the overhead wires were never installed. Just west of Winsted, the trail turns south on a new section to avoid the Winsted Airport. It crosses the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and crosses under MN 100 and avoids a pond by circling south. In the next year, the C&NW asked to abandon the railroad from Hutchinson to Plymouth. Although the Luce Line is now a recreational trail, it was originally created for the railroad industry. Not surprisingly, as rural roadways improved, the need for passenger service diminished. . Passenger service stopped in 1947, and in 1956 … Our reporters are only able to do their work thanks to support at all levels. The Three Rivers Park District regional trail segment is 9 miles (14 km) long. The trails are a mix of gravel and paved, and they run through forests, urban areas, and more rural sections, offering hikers a variety of options depending on where they start and end the hike. Their plan was to build a railroad from Minneapolis to Brookings, South Dakota, linking many farm communities as yet unserved by a railroad . Luce Line history highlights. Explore the best trails in Prinsburg, Minnesota on TrailLink. The Luce Line trail is a 63 mile limestone path stretching from Cosmos in western Minnesota to Wirth park. It passes just north of Wayzata, and tunnels under CSAH 101. (Owners pictures above.) There are so many personal touches of decor to enjoy on the trail. The Luce Line State Trail. The trail was built after the railroad was dismantled in 1995. Trail construction was completed on certain segments in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This former railroad line is 63 miles long and travels from Cedar Mills to Plymouth. It enters the Lake Minnetonka area, and passes by Stubbs Bay. Trains traveled between terminal in Minneapolis (near the present Target Center) and Glenwood Junction, which was the western city limits. It changes directions a few times and goes into the small hamlet of Lyndale in Independence. It extended from Minneapolis to Gluek, and it served the small towns in between. After 10 miles (16 km), it reaches Cedar Mills and transforms into an aggregate surface. The new trail was completed west of Plymouth after the line was abandoned. The road thus became freight only as of September 10, 1947, when the last passenger train ran. The line reached both Cosmos and Lake Lillian in 1923. The state of Minnesota subsequently granted approval. . Luce Line Crossing (GC19F1M) was created by tonka_boy on 2/17/2008. Uneven terrain with small rocks or roots. The C&NW physically removed the line shortly after approval was granted. The trailway dates back to the old Electric Short Line of 1908, which moved goods and passengers in and out of the Twin Cities. They argued that the Soo Line in the eastern metro area would be the perfect counterpart to the Luce Line recreational trail in the western metro area. Some uneven terrain. The trail is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources west of Vicksburg Lane where it is named Luce Line State Trail. I enjoy hearing the history of LuceLine Orchard and surrounding land on the ride. It enters a tunnel under I-494, and goes by several industries afterward. It crosses Winnetka Avenue and turns south to avoid the Golden Valley Country Club. Construction began in 1909 and continued slowly over the next four years. It leaves town and crosses over MN 22 on a bridge. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/minnesota/luce-line-regional-trail The route connected rural communities in western Minnesota to the Twin Cities and offered transportation for passengers, lumber, grain, and other commodities. [5], The Electric Short Line Railway was a system that was built from 1917-1927. For more information on this topic, check out the original entry on MNopedia. Construction continued from Glenwood Junction in Minneapolis to Stubbs Bay on Lake Minnetonka, then further west to the communities of Watertown, Winsted, and Silver Lake until reaching Hutchinson in 1915. Sizable rocks & roots. One of the many great features of Hutchinson is that the Luce Line State Trail runs right through town. The line offered several passenger trains between both ends of the route and hauled freight in each direction, servicing a number of rural industries along the right of way. The tracks continued to be expanded into the late 1920s, when the rail line became known as the Minnesota Western. Before the Trail; The Trail Itself; Winsted Centennial Book; Luce Line Railroad; Blog; Along the Way. [2] The multi-use trail has varying surface features, though it is primarily made up of crushed limestone or aggregate base, and the section from Cosmos to Cedar Mills is undeveloped, as are the sections from just west of Hutchinson to Winsted and east of Plymouth. It leaves Plymouth Avenue and goes back to the railway tracks. Luce, had plans to build a railroad from Minneapolis to Brookings, SD. The Luce Line Trail is a state-established trail maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It passes US 12 and the railroad tracks, and Wayzata Boulevard on a restored bridge. At this point, the trail leaves the town and is undeveloped with a natural surface. The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. It leaves Minnesota Highway 7 and continues northeast, and intersects several farm roads. With more than 8 Prinsburg trails covering 158 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Luce Line Trail or Rocori Trail. The eastern segment is 37 miles (60 km) long. In 1913, rail was laid westward between Minneapolis and Parkers Lake. This trail is an exceptional way to explore neighborhoods and destinations west of the city. It continues due east, and passes by several roads. It connected rural communities in western Minnesota to the Twin Cities and offered transportation for passengers, lumber, grain, and other commodities. Flat. It crosses Xenium Lane on a bridge and leaves the industrial area. The limestone surfaced trail runs from Plymouth 30 miles west to Winsted, with a parallel treadway for horseback riding. This section ends at Vicksburg Lane. Past this point, no snowmobiles are allowed. Although late by most standards, the Luce family intended to build a railroad that would connect rural Minnesota communities that were still without rail service by creating a line to Brookings, South Dakota. The tornado took a straight path covering a distance of 4 miles touching down at the Back of the apple orchard, lifted over the house and barn touching down again, traveling on “Porters nature trail” […] The trail is paved in Hutchinson going east through Winsted. It becomes paved and goes by Otter Lake as it enters Hutchinson. East of Vicksburg Lane, it is maintained by the Three Rivers Park District and named Luce Line Regional Trail. It passes under Minnesota Highway 7 again, and continues east. The Luce Line Trail is a legacy of railroads that traveled from Minneapolis through Winsted to Gluek in the 1900s . It crosses county roads 92, 110, and 19, and south of Maple Plain. Cedar Mills; Cosmos; Hutchinson; Independence/Lyndale; Long Lake; Maple Plain; Minnetrista; Mound; 275 4th St E, Suite 250 St. Paul MN 55101-1626. Few obstacles. The trail was built after the railroad was dismantled in 1995. Member donations are crucial to the work of our nonprofit newsroom. The Luce Line first reached Winsted, MN on February 13, 1915, possibly captured by this photo. The Luce Line was built relatively late in comparison to other lines and serviced already-established cities. Build your new construction home at Hamilton Century Farm in Independence, MN. Toggle navigation Luce Line State Trail The Official Site for the Luce Line Trail. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board manages the easternmost section of Luce Line Regional Trail in Theodore Wirth Regional Park. About mid point of Luce Line Rail Trail. History. The line to Plymouth eventually became part of the Union Pacific railroad, in April 1995. In early 1960, the M&STL renamed the Minnesota Western railroad the Minneapolis Industrial Railway. It intersects several mountain bike trails, and ends at Theodore Wirth Parkway. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. It's located in Minnesota, United States. [4][3], East of Vicksburg Lane, the trail is called the Luce Line Regional Trail and is managed by Three Rivers Park District. 1913 to 1916 This happens for about 0.25 miles (0.40 km), and then the trail goes over two boardwalks. It intersects the Medicine Lake Regional Trail, and parallels 13th Avenue. Description From the heart of the city, to the doorstep of the great Minnesota Prairie, the Luce Line Regional Trail is your link from urban to rural. For the former raiload, see, A natural surface portion of the trail in, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "Luce Line Regional Trail Project | Three Rivers Park District", "Section by section, Luce Line trail dream realized", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Luce_Line_Trail&oldid=990403574, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Cycling, pedestrians, snowmobiles, equestrian, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 08:30. The DNR hopes to paved the entire trail east of Hutchinson. The engine shown is most likely gasoline-electric driven. The Electric Short Line Railway and the affiliated Electric Short Line Railroad (later renamed the Electric Short Line Terminal Co.) were incorporated in late 1908. The paved trail includes about 21 miles, from the west Carver County line, through Hutchinson, to the west McLeod County line, just outside of town. The Luce Line Railroad, known by several different names, was a small rural Minnesota railroad that operated through much of the twentieth century. The Luce Line Trail was one of the first rail-trails in Minnesota, with planning of the trail beginning almost immediately after the CNW abandoned the rail line between Plymouth and Hutchinson. The new trail was completed west of Plymouth after the line was abandoned. Steam locomotives were phased out, and only diesel engines hauled freight. Luce Line Trail is a 74.9-mile (120.5 km), shared-use path in Minnesota, United States, that stretches from Cosmos to Minneapolis. Luce Line Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The previous line extended 104 miles (167 km) to Gluek. The Electric Short Line Railway was a system that was built from 1917-1927. The eastern segment is 33 miles (53 km) long. Do you hike, bike, snowmobile, or ride horseback? The Luce family encountered financial difficulty in the form of foreclosure and reorganized the line as the Minnesota Western on May 1, 1924. In 1956, the much larger Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway (the M&STL), a Midwestern agricultural carrier, purchased the Minnesota Western from the Cargill company. The Luce Line Regional and State Trails travel about 70 miles altogether, connecting the Minneapolis park system with suburbs and rural communities west of Minneapolis. Most of the remaining right of way west of Plymouth became a public recreational trail for bicycling, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. It goes under US 169. The project cost $2.2 million, and is the longest paved section built at one time by the DNR. 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