The Chadwick Line
So there I was on Thursday in Ozark, investigating an Answer Man question from Richard Parnell, of Ozark, when two guys nearby chatting asked me what I was doing.
The men were Ozark Mayor Rick Gardner and Tim Ritter, an author and historian with expertise in the former Chadwick Flyer railroad spur.
I was there looking at the small picture: What is the history and former purpose of a small, old nondescript building just off West Jackson Street. Decades ago, it would have faced the former railway line.
They, on the other hand, were discussing the big picture — the city's efforts to work with Ozark Greenways and 17 property owners to transform a segment of the old railway into a recreational trail that would link with the Greenways network of trails.
This rails-to-trails project clearly excites them. Before I knew it, Mayor Gardner had called the city's city administrator, Steve Childress, and the city's public works director, Jeremy Parsons.
Poof! They appeared, ready to answer my every question.
The plan started in 2016. The goal is to extend the Galloway Creek Trail 7½ miles from where it currently ends at the Fallen Heroes paved trail at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. The cemetery is along the James River.
The extension would take it to the Ozark Community Center off West Jackson Street.
The preferred route would be along the same line as the Chadwick Flyer, which was a daily run from Springfield to Chadwick, a small unincorporated area surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest in Christian County.
The run from Ozark to Chadwick was shut down by the Frisco Railway on March 14, 1933.
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