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Piketon in Pike County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Underground Railroad in Pike County

Historic Underground Railroad Site

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
1. The Underground Railroad in Pike County Marker
Inscription.

An Elm Grove abolitionist maintained a lonely Underground Railroad station where he provided safety for escaping enslaved persons. These fugitives were attempting to travel the unfriendly route from Houston Hollow in Scioto County to safe places in Ross where other conductors helped them on their way to Canada.

At Straight Creek, Christopher Brown, a former slave, conducted runaways to Chillicothe. The Barnett and Muntz families, at the P.P. settlement in northwest Pike County hid fugitives then took them to the next safe place and a step closer to freedom.

Oral history states that someone at the Eager Inn that was located on a post road connecting Adams and Ross Counties, received information when runaways were on their way to that vicinity. The information was then given to the Muntz or Barnett families who prepared to receive the fugitives.

Other Pike County citizens who were actively involved in assisting the runaway slaves to freedom were the conductors at the Carrs Run and East Jackson settlements.
 
Erected by Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association, Ohio Candle Company, Village of Piketon, and Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 39° 3.36′ N, 83° 
The Underground Railroad in Pike County Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
2. The Underground Railroad in Pike County Marker
Looking north along US Hwy 23
1.154′ W. Marker is in Piketon, Ohio, in Pike County. Marker is on U.S. 23, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7040 US Hwy 23, Piketon OH 45661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piketon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pike County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pike County Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pike County Twentieth-Century War Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Canal Park (approx. 5.1 miles away); German Evangelical Church / Pike Heritage Foundation Museum (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pike County Courthouse (approx. 5.2 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association. (Submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ohio Underground Railroad Information Station. (Submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ohio''s Role in the Underground Railroad. (Submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil RightsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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