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In This Issue
March Pours In
Water on trail north of Miamiville. Photo by Paul Mayfield.

Early on the first day of March, thunderstorms brought heavy rain and even hail in some areas, leaving behind debris and water on the southern portion of our trail. Thank you to FLMSP volunteers who helped clean up the mess.

Large gravel from the I-275 overpass washed onto the trail near Loveland.
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge: A Memory
Giant that Spanned the River and a Memory for Over 50 Years
by FLMSP volunteer Dirk Morgan

Taking advantage of a warm sunny November day, I went for a run on the Little Miami Trail north past Ft. Ancient. Appearing in the distance over 250 feet above the trail loomed the construction site of the new I-71 bridge. I looked up to see a center section of the North span had been removed.

I paused to snap few pictures, and a rush of memories from 50 years past came over me. I recalled the day a group of kids from Morrow helped dedicate the then-new steel bridge.

The bridge is actually a set of twin two-lane spans supported by a steel truss underneath the deck. It opened for traffic in 1965, running a length of 2,224 feet--about half a mile--and rising 240 feet over the Little Miami River. It carries about 60,000 vehicles a day, serving as a major freight corridor between Columbus and Cincinnati.

At that time I was a 4th grader in Mrs. Hadley's class at Morrow Elementary. Our school, being named for the first governor of Ohio Jeremiah Morrow, was invited to attend the opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting. My classmates and I were excited to have a special day out of school, and proud that this huge creation carried the name of our small town.

The event took place on the west bank of the river under the bridge and was attended by then-Governor  James Rhodes. We sang the "Train to Morrow" song*, speeches were given, and ribbons cut.  We boarded the buses and went back to school with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

As I turned back to head home down the trail, the new and old bridges disappeared behind me. With an expected lifespan of 75 to 100 years this new bridge will no doubt outlast me.  But whenever I pass under those new state-of-the-art concrete spans, I will also see a friend from the past--the old bridge--through the eyes of that 8-year-old boy.

* Listen to the Muppets singing this song here

Photo courtesy of Dirk Morgan's drone



Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, capital improvements, and safety concerns, as well as providing most of the maintenance of the park. 
 
Next FLMSP Meeting
Wednesday, 
April 12
7:00 p.m.

Wayne Twp. Trustees  Bldg.

Public Invited!
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Remember to Renew
If you haven't yet joined FLMSP or renewed your membership for 2017, it's not too late. Your dues help support our all-volunteer organization maintain and improve the trail we all enjoy. 

Contact Numbers
Trail Hotline:
513-212-6958
Report trees or large limbs down on the trail. A photo with location is most helpful.

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources 
24-Hour Call Center:
#ODNR
Report graffiti, vandalism, or park management issues



Get out on the trail to celebrate the start of a new trail season! Find local activities and events planned for this special weekend and sign up to be entered in a giveaway of bikes and other great prizes on the Rails to Trails website.

Share a Word!
What do you like best about the Little Miami State Park? Send up to 3 words that convey your favorite thing(s) about the trail to trailmail@flmsp.org
or reply to this newsletter. We'll print your words in our next issue to celebrate the new season.
Help Wanted: Recruiting

We'll be on the trail Opening Weekend (see above) looking for new volunteers, and we can use your help! 
This is an easy, fun job--just talk to the friendly trail folks, tell them about FLMSP, and sign them up! Get details and let Paul know you'll help him out April 8 or 9 at vicepresident@flmsp.org

Events on Our Trail
 
  Amazing Charity Race , Saturday, June 17.  
This fun event that benefits local non-profits has opened up 50 new spots by popular demand. Click the image above to register.

Ohio Parks Survey
Speak up for Ohio trails like ours by taking the ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft survey.
In the News: Fosters
Photo courtesy of WCPO News
Recently WCPO News featured two articles about the Train Stop beside the trail at Fosters:


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