Iowa Underground Railroad

Most do not think of Iowa as a route on the Underground Railroad. Noted expert on the Iowa UGR, Galen Berrier has this and more to say about travel on the UGR in Iowa, “How did fugitive slaves travel through Iowa on the Underground Railroad? Despite the name,they didn’t usually travel on trains. The first railroad in Iowa wasn’t begun until 1855, and not until after
the Civil War did railroads spread across the state. But in eastern Iowa, the station agent at Mechanicsville in Cedar County was said to help conceal fugitive slaves on trains headed for Chicago. In March of 1859, John Brown and twelve fugitive slaves from Missouri rode in a freight car from West
Liberty to Chicago. Click on Galen Berrier to read more.

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