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Vandalia in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Underground Railroad

 
 
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By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
1. The Underground Railroad Marker
Inscription. Vandalia, prior to the Civil War, was the junction of two important "lines" of the "Underground Railroad." Slaves fleeing through Indiana and Illinois came to Cass County, where Quakers and others gave them shelter. Fugitives seeking a refuge in Canada were guided to "stations" to the east. Many stayed here and built a unique Negro rural colony. Slave-hunting by Kentuckians in 1847 led to legal action and increased North-South tensions.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S137.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 55.076′ N, 85° 54.977′ W. Marker is in Vandalia, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (State Highway 60) and Water Street, on the right when traveling east on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the southwest corner of the intersection in Milo Barnes Park. Marker is in this post office area: Vandalia MI 49095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Underground Railway (approx. 2.2 miles away); Birch Lake Meeting House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
The Underground Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
2. The Underground Railroad Marker
In Milo Barnes Park
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Freedom Road (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cass County Courthouse (approx. 5 miles away); Lewis Cass (approx. 5 miles away); Poe's Corners (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vandalia.
 
More about this marker. The marker site is the starting point of the Cass County Underground Railroad Sites auto tour.
 
Also see . . .  Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC). (Submitted on April 23, 2013.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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