Of all the former rail paths turned into hiking/biking trails in the United States, none could be more popular or prettier than the Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail in Kansas City. The crushed limestone trail runs on the former alignment of the city’s last streetcar—known as the Country Club route (or Club Line)—which ceased service in 1957. The path runs along the main shopping, dining, and entertainment area in mid-town Kansas City south of the Country Club Plaza. Well-kept neighborhoods and city parks line the route as well.
At this time of mild spring weather on through summer and fall, you may see couples walking their dogs, serious cyclists, and mothers pushing strollers as well as joggers and hikers. Mild weather during the winter brings the same folks out.
You can tell this author loves the trail and all the wonderful shopping and eating venues along its length. See my Hiking Kansas City Trails blog for proof. In fact, the trail figures prominently in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries.
In CATastrophic Connections, the landlady sleuth lives in a Brookside house alongside the trail. On one of her walks, the huge Sylvester (Psycho Cat) escapes from his carrier to chase a black cat. Another time, her heart races when she returns home from one of her walks and spots a suspicious mustachioed man casing her house. She does a lot of thinking and plotting to solve her mystery on that trail.
In the newly published FURtive Investigation, Beth walks the trail to relax and think about how to discover the identity of the mummified body found in the attic of one of her rentals. Her Psycho Cat helps find clues.