Bike trail reinvigorates small town

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April 2011 – According to Smithsonian.com

Lanesboro, MN – now a very small town of just over 700 people, had its heyday in its past when the population swelled to more than 1500. However, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, it was slowly dying, and the main drag was mostly a lot of boarded-up, deteriorating, but once-beautiful old buildings.

Something happened.

In 1989, an asphalt bike trail was completed on the path of the old railroad tracks. Development followed, and the pace of change rapidly picked up. Now, there is a bevy of successful B&B’s, several campgrounds, restaurants, and an established art gallery and art center, part of which is housed in the old movie theatre and offers music, comedy, and film year-round.

Read more: www.smithsonianmag.com, my kind of town

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