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New Brighton in Beaver County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Underground Railroad

David Townsend

 
 
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 21, 2020
1. Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription.  David Townsend, a Quaker abolitionist, owned a flour mill along the Beaver River near this site. Called the "Father of New Brighton", he planned the town (nc 1838) and its streets. He donated the land for Townsend Park. As a secret conductor, fugitives were transported in his wagon's false bottom. loaded with flour sacks on top, to a "safe-house".
 
Erected by New Brighton Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR.
 
Location. 40° 44.068′ N, 80° 18.956′ W. Marker is in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, in Beaver County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 1st Avenue and 8th Street. Located in Big Rock Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Brighton PA 15066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Canal System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merrick Art Gallery (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of New Brighton (approx.
Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 21, 2020
2. Underground Railroad Marker
0.3 miles away); Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); White Cottage (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Underground Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Brighton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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