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PRECEDENT STUDIES PRECEDENTSTUDIES STUDIES PRECEDENT This board is important to the community because bike trails are alternatives to fossil fuels and roads


Bicycle Paths and Greenway Trails

Springfield, a mid-sized city, incorporates trails for bicyclists within the heart of the city, and on the country outskirts ranging from two to thirty-five miles long. Cyclists have proven that by leaving their cars behind and riding their bicycles, that it is not only a faster way to commute, but it provides exercise as well. Towns can get grants for bicycle paths from various Federal Departments. The Department of Health give grants for providing exercise for the citizens. The Department of Transportation offers grants for the implementation of alternative source of energy usage. And the Department of Education also gives grants due to the knowledge of going on the right side of the road. Trails and greenways are ideal for nature walks and events to take place in the wilderness. Speed limits on bike trails are usually 20 mph, and ethics are used to warn slower trail walkers that they will be passed

Reasons for Alternative Commuting • Conserve Resources • Non-Polluting • Inexpensive • Relieves Traffic Congestion • Work Out While Commuting • Experience Nature • Improve Health, Energy and Productivity • 42,800 People Die from Automobile Accidents While About a Thousand Die on Bicycles • Come to Work Refreshed and Energized

Trails in Small Towns

• Small towns have usually small residential streets with low speed limits deeming dedicated bike paths unnecessary. • Paving bicycle lanes is very expensive. • Implementing a bicycle trail or a greenway doesn’t mean that it will be used • A programmer would need to be hired. • On average, a 1-mile paved bicycle trail costs $225,000. This cost is without the land it is being built on, bridges, lights or benches. • Trails bring communities together if a good programmer arranges events such as a Christmas Walk, or have the possibility for events,programs, and activities • Trails and Greenways are one of the top reasons people move to certain areas. • Small towns need trails to promote community and events for biking, walking, etc.


The heritage of the region is important because it shows how the town came about and what hardships it went through.

Early Settlers and Pioneers

• After the Louisiana Purchase, many pioneers flooded into the region. Mostly fur trappers, and traders. • Bates County was formed in 1841/ boundaries were created in 1855. • Butler was part of Osage County which got its name from the Osage Indians. • Missouri signed a treaty to move the Osage Indians to Oklahoma where they now reside.

1849 California Gold Rush • Many settlers traveled to California in hopes of striking it rich. Most never returned home afterwards. • After the Gold Rush, the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act caused troubles for the Missouri-Kansas border and kept causing troubles until the Civil War. Post Civil War • End of the Civil War in 1861, Butler was partially burned down by General Jim Lane’s troops as they made their way to St. Clair County. • When Order 11 was issued in August 1863, the rest of Butler was burned down. Bates County became a “no-man’s” land. • It is estimated the only 40% of the 6800 original citizens returned to the burnt down town and nothingness. • The Drake Constitution which banned Confederates from returning was abolished around 1870. 1880’s and On • Land-speculators, and business men start moving to Butler and Bates County. The majority came from Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana; and some were European immigrants during the early 1880’s • After the 1880’s the town started to grow rapidly, due to the mining of coal and construction of the railroad. • Butler was the first city west of the Mississippi to have electricity. • Ohio Street was named “The Great White Way” of Butler because of its white lamp posts implemented along the street.

Early settlers traveling along river for transportation

Wagon trains that traveled to California for thr Gold Rush

Early coal miners

Roads • US- 71 (Jefferson Highway) was a highway that started in Talbert, Canada to New Orleans. • The route is important because it gave a more direct route and made Butler a stop along the highway to increase visitors or even increase population. •US-71 is 2,300 miles and could be traveled all within the same time zone.

The Great Depression • Many of Butlers citizens moved to Kansas City to try to find work at factories, depleting the population significantly since many lost their land.

1920’s vehicle that would be on the highway

Bike and Greenways History unitl 1940  

Butler community presentation 1

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