Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
James G. Ashley, Jr. and Pamela C. Ashley
This plaque is placed here in honor of James Gailey Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Pamela C. Ashley, who for 25 years struggled and sacrificed to preserve this railroad right-of-way, which provided freight and passenger service beginning in the 1870's.
The efforts of the Ashleys kept the railroad right-of-way intact until the year 1981, when they sold their ownership interest to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
Their foresight and actions in preserving the railroad right-of-way enabled the existence of the walking, jogging, and bicycling trail for the enjoyment of the citizens of Kansas City.
Further, Mr. Ashley's vision also made it possible for the future utilization of this corridor once again for rail passenger service.
Erected 2010 by Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City marker series.
Location. 39° 1.638′ N, 94° 35.077′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Brookside Boulevard and 55th Street, on the right when traveling north on Brookside Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64113, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Country Club Line Historical Trolley Station (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); McGhee's Charge (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Westport (approx. half a mile away); The French and the Osage (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Westport (approx. half a mile away); Union Artillery (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Home of the Kansas City Country Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Centennial Anniversary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. Trolley Track Trail, KC MO. (Submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City. (Submitted on October 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.