Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
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|Pere Marquette Rail-Trail|
|Location||Clare, Isabella, and Midland Counties, Michigan|
|Trailheads||East: Midland, Michigan
West: Loomis, Michigan
|Use||Walking, running, biking, rollerblading|
|Right of way||Former CSX railroad|
The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail (PMRT) is a rail trail in Michigan occupying an 28-mile (45 km) abandoned CSX railroad corridor in Midland County and Isabella County that was once part of the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad. In 1874, the tracks stretched from Ludington to Flint, transporting supplies to the timber industry and lumber/timber to southern Michigan's mills. It is a Michigan Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame trail.
The trail is named after the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, named after Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement at Sault Ste. Marie. Père is the French word for father; ergo, Father Marquette.
- Midland County Parks and Recreation: Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
- Isabella County Parks and Recreation: Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
- Description of the rail trail
- Michigan State University: Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Research Study
- Pere Marquette Rail Trail Page at RailsToTrails.us
- YouTube Video: "Virtual Bike Ride: Pere Marquette Rail-Trail"