Trail Tales

It’s a lovely summer afternoon in northern Boone County. Red-winged blackbirds balance on waving stems of prairie grasses; pockets of trees stand like islands in the broad green farm fields stretching to the horizon. These are your surroundings from the seat of a bicycle on the Long Prairie Trail, a 14-mile walking and biking trail that connects Capron to Caledonia and wends through Boone County farmland, prairie, and woods. But there is more to the trail than what can be seen by the eye. The history of this region lies along the trail’s...

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