For over 10 years Ken Wright has had a dream of seeing the railroad tracks that run behind the old train station/Ken Wright’s tasting room, as well as throughout Yamhill County, productive once again. He was very instrumental and creating the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail group which has met once a month for over a year to help get this idea of putting in a biking/hiking trail along the old railroad. Ken and the group hope this trail will not only boost the economy of Carlton, but keep our roads safer for all.
Now it has finally happened. The Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail was awarded $1.4 million in grant money by the Oregon Transportation Commission. This is enough to pay the 13.5 miles of the remaining 17 miles of Union Pacific right of way it is seeking. The corridor runs from St. Joseph, just northeast of McMinnville on Highway 99W, to Washington County’s Hagg Lake, near Gaston.
It will pass right through Carlton, behind the KWC
Ken Wright has so many people to thank who were influential in making this all happen. Be sure to read the article posted March 21st in the News Register for more information. The following is a quote right out of the article from Ken Wright talking about the trail. “We are really excited and know this is going to be an asset that will be here forever,” Wright said. “There are going to be generations and generations of people who are going to have this great resource for recreation.”