Rock Island Trail: Missouri clears central path for a companion to the Katy Trail |

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Other than a bent sign marking this tiny stop on the long-gone Rock Island Railroad, there isn't much left. The feed mill closed. So did the sandwich shop, store and bank.

Only a few stout stragglers remember when trains, loaded with grain and lumber, connected Henley to the outside world. . . .

Now, a salvage crew is working seven days a week to reclaim it for the Spandex era. This time, cyclists will probably be pedaling through Henley and other picturesque towns that many have never heard of.

Ameren, which bought the Rock Island corridor in 1999 through a subsidiary, is donating 191 miles of it to the state. First the brush must be cleared and the rail and ties removed, which could take at least two years.