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Underground Railroad is theme of Sept. 24 50 Plus Day Trip
POSTED: 08/27/2014
Learn about Underground Railroad efforts in Kansas during a late September day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The trip is called the Underground Railroad Adventure Walk and will combine outdoor activity with in-depth history. Participants will visit the Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve near Wamego, where Historian Richard Pitts will guide the group to Underground Railroad sites while telling stories of those seeking freedom in sage houses. Follow the footsteps of those seeking freedom and learn about their courageous journey. The total walking distance is about one mile.

To find this trip in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "day trip."

This trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 4 p.m. The cost is $59 per person. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Register early as seating is limited.

While JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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