An abandoned rail line is chugging toward becoming a southeastern link for the Centennial Trail.
Snohomish County is considering the purchase of a 42-acre corridor southeast of Monroe from the Cascade Land Conservancy for $200,000.
The land curls through farm country along Highway 203 and links up with a trail corridor the county already owns.
The nine properties originally were owned by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Co.
Redmond-based Cadman Gravel Co. donated the land to the Cascade Land Conservancy in December, and it was valued at $210,000.
The land for the 44-mile Centennial Trail is the legacy of the major railroad lines that once ran north-south through the county. Plans show the trail stretching between Skagit and King counties, with a portion open between Arlington, Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Monroe. The county already owns about 442 acres of land for the trail.
Additions are planned north and south of the route. The main southwestern link for the trail from Snohomish would wend nearer to Highways 9 and 522.
The Snohomish County Council’s operations committee is scheduled to discuss the purchase today during a 1:30 p.m. meeting in the eighth-floor chambers of the county administration building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
Reporter Jeff Switzer: 425-339-3452 or email@example.com.