8 Places Around Cleveland That Were Once Part Of The Underground Railroad

Following the opening of the Ohio & Erie Canal, Cleveland became a major player in the Underground Railroad. The city was codenamed “Hope,” and it was an important destination for escaped slaves on their way to Canada. Today, some of the city’s most notable stops on the Underground Railroad still stand.

Northeast Ohio is overflowing with history, and much of it is preserved in local legend. If walls could talk, the stories we’d hear of the Underground Railroad would be incredible. Few conductors ever kept records or notes hinting at their activities, so many sites on the Underground Railroad and the true numbers of how many fugitives they assisted remain a bit of a mystery.

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