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Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Madison's Riverfront / Underground Railroad

 
 
Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
1. Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
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Inscription.

Side A
Madisonís Riverfront
Once a bustling commercial and industrial area, Madisonís riverfront has greatly changed since the Cityís founding in 1809. On these banks stood factories, mills, hotels and taverns, typical of a busy river port on the frontier. Annual flooding has forced the move to higher ground, leaving behind a restful park area for all to enjoy.

Side B
Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad was neither “underground” nor a “railroad.” Rather, it refers to the 19th Century movement of enslaved African Americans seeking freedom in the North and the assistance they received on their journey. Madison and Jefferson County served as a significant conduit in this effort.
 
Erected by Historic Madison Indiana.
 
Location. 38° 44.115′ N, 85° 23.294′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Mill Street south of First Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Mill Street, Madison IN 47250, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michael C. Garber (approx.
Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
2. Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
0.4 miles away); Irene Dunne (approx. half a mile away); Lt. General Walter Krueger (approx. 0.6 miles away); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jefferson County War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Madison Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Samuel Woodfill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jefferson County ( Indiana ) Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRIndustry & Commerce
 
Madison, Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Unknown - Old Photo
3. Madison, Indiana
Photo from the Marker of Madison, Indiana River-front.
Wide View Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
4. Wide View Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Wide View Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
5. Wide View Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Long View Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
6. Long View Side A - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Long View Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
7. Long View Side B - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Few Steps Away - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
8. Few Steps Away - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Same Few Steps Away - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
9. Same Few Steps Away - - Madison's Riverfront / Marker
Sign Located Inside Building image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
10. Sign Located Inside Building
Rifleport
""Listen closely. If walls could talk in this 18th Century building, they would whisper tales of early trappers and settlers who built the original 24 inch thick stone barriers as a haven from the then wild west. The “fort” was later used as a stable for a large hotel near the river. Approximately 1850, railroad traders added a two story brick section and used the buildings as a trading posts and depot exchange. The “Depot Exchange” became a well-known house of ill repute with many “exchanges” taking place during Madisonís great railroad and steamboat days. With the decline of rail and river transport this beautiful city retreated from attention. Settlers sought other sources of income. By the turn of the century the property became a junkyard. Local, elderly citizens recall bringing newspapers and bottles to the yard during the wars and collecting a few cents for their “recyclables.” The property was purchased by the Lanthier family in 1990 and Lathier Winery opened in September of 1994.""
Lower Level Interior - - Lanthier Winery image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
11. Lower Level Interior - - Lanthier Winery
Upper Level Interior image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 26, 2009
12. Upper Level Interior
 
 
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