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A natural landmark from the past is finding new life in the present as the River Action Groups say a berm on River Drive and Federal Street is the original berm used by the railroad in 1856. 
     
The berm has been preserved despite lots of downtown development in 157 years. It's inspired the idea to create a foot bridge across River Drive to a new park, representing the first railroad bridge in the area.

"We found this to be behind a billboard, overgrown with some scrub trees, the rail that's still there, out of sight," said Kathy Wine, executive director of River Action. "We realized what we had there was just an amazing historic artifact. A landscape that had never been disturbed. We were excited about letting people know about it, but also using it."

River Action will begin fundraising for the project. 

Wine said the berm is already tall enough to accommodate trucks and semis and will not have to be raised

 

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