Mayhew Cabin, 1855
In February 1859 Kagi helped Brown lead eleven Missouri slaves to freedom in Iowa via Nebraska City. During the trek Kagi narrowly avoided arrest while at the cabin. He was killed in October 1859 during Brown’s raid on the Harpers Ferry, Virginia, arsenal to seize weapons for a slave uprising.
Beginning in the 1870s, stories and recollections about this turbulent era credited the cabin as an Underground Railroad station. Edward Mayhew recalled Kagi once bringing fourteen black persons (possibly escaping slaves) to the cabin for breakfast. When the cabin was moved several feet in the 1930s due to highway construction, a “cave,” allegedly used to hide freedom-seeking slaves, was recreated nearby. Legends connecting John Brown to the Mayhew cabin made it a popular tourist attraction devoted to the antislavery cause.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 40° 40.394′ N, 95° 52.194′ W. Marker is in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in Otoe County. Marker is on 4th Corso (Nebraska Route 2) west of South 19th Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located near the sidewalk, overlooking the Mayhew Cabin and Mayhew Cabin Museum grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2012 4th Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayhew Cabin and the Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Nebraska City (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); This ELI Windmill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting (approx. half a mile away); Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Dept. (approx. half a mile away); Pioneer Masons of Nebraska Territory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mother Church of Methodism in Nebraska (approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church Original 1855 Wall (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nebraska City.
Regarding Mayhew Cabin, 1855. National Register of Historic Places #11000013.
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1. Mayhew Cabin (Wikipedia). The Mayhew Cabin was built in 1855 from hand hewn cottonwood trees and served as the home of the Mayhew family until 1864, when the cabin and surrounding property were first sold. The property continued to change hands through the end of the 19th century until 1937, when owner Edward Bartling had the cabin moved to prevent its destruction by a highway project. (Submitted on July 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Mayhew Cabin. Mayhew Cabin was built in Nebraska City, a known “free town” along the Lane Trail, a route used by freedom seekers attempting to reach Iowa after fleeing Missouri. (Submitted on July 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Mayhew Cabin. Today, you can walk through the furnished cabin to see how the Mayhew's lived and then travel down to the cellar and walk through the tunnel to better understand what the remarkable flight from slavery would have entailed. (Submitted on July 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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