City leaders from across the Rock Island corridor speak at Capitol to support trail development; cite economic potential | Gasconade County Republican

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Gerald and Owensville mayors were among the Rock Island Trail supporters, administrators and business owners who met on the steps of the state capitol in Jefferson City Aug. 11 to share the kind of economic, health and personal benefits that have been, or will be, brought to their communities if the trail goes through.

Gerald Mayor Carey Parker said he opened his restaurant, Bistro at the Mill, in Gerald without the trail.

“I have already had visitors from Cuba, Mexico, Japan –– those have been from those places in Missouri, but with the trail we will have those people, international visitors.”

Parker joked that while other towns were small, Gerald was the “center of the universe.”

“There will be an eclipse next week and the expectation is a million visitors to Missouri,” Parker said. “The trail is our year-long eclipse.”

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