Nature conservation is embedded in the very culture of Edward Jones. Managing partner Ted Jones and his wife, Pat, first bonded over their mutual love of conservation, and in the late 1980s decided to turn a 225-mile stretch of abandoned railroad into Missouri's magnificent Katy Trail State Park.
Before becoming a trail, this area was the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad. The railroad ran from Parsons, Kan., to St. Louis, Mo., and south to Galveston, Texas. The corridor's conversion from a railroad to a trail was made possible by the National Trails System Act of 1968 and through a personal donation from the Joneses in 1987.
The Katy Trail is now one of the longest recreation rail-trails in the country, and sections of it are part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail. Today, the trail attracts 400,000 hikers, cyclists and joggers each year.