Edward D. "Ted" and Pat Jones

Edward D. "Ted" and Pat Jones (HMV7W)

Location: Rocheport, MO 65279 Boone County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.65', W 92° 33.651'

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Katy Trail State Park is one of Missouri's premier attractions, drawing about 400,000 visitors from across the United States and other countries. Stretching 225 miles from St. Charles in the east to Clinton in the west, the trail is the longest developed rails-to-trail project in the nation. Without the support of Edward D. "Ted" and Pat Jones, Katy Trail State Park would not have been possible.

To Be or Not To Be a Trail?
In 1986, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (known as the Katy) discontinued rail operations from Sedalia to Machens. The decision offered an opportunity for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to convert the rail corridors into a trail, under the National Trails System Act. Ted Jones spoke in favor of the trail around the state, and lobbied the Missouri legislature for approval. But without funding, the opportunity would be lost. Ted and Pat Jones stepped forward and donated $2.2 million to acquire the corridor and develop the trail.

Support After the Flood
The support did not end with the initial acquisition and development. Following Ted's death in 1990, Pat Jones continued to support Katy Trail State Park, as did the Edward Jones Co. that Ted founded. After the flood of 1993, they contributed money to help reconstruct the severely damaged trail. They also gave funds to produce full-color trail brochures.

Pat Jones on a Mission
Pat Jones has supported trail and greenway issues throughout the state and especially in the St. Louis area, where she grew up. She has helped Missourians enjoy the outdoors through the Missouri Parks Association, Missouri Prairie Foundation and Missouri Rails-to-Trails Foundation. During efforts to renew the parks-and-soils sales tax, the major funding source for Missouri state parks, she was an active member of the Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks. This group organized the campaign to place the issue on the ballot, where it was approved by more than two-thirds of Missouri voters.

New Park at the Confluence
In 2002, Pat and Ted were recognized for their efforts by having one of Missouri's newest state parks named in their honor. The Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The new park will serve as a link in a regional effort to provide trail access all the way from the Katy Trail to Illinois.
HM NumberHMV7W
Placed ByMissouri Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 1:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 538038 N 4314371
Decimal Degrees38.97750000, -92.56085000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.65', W 92° 33.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 39.00" N, 92° 33' 39.06" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103 Missouri-Kansas-Texas Trail, Rocheport MO 65279, US
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