5 Incredible Places Around Iowa That Were Once Part Of The Underground Railroad

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Iowans were thrown into the middle of the country’s greatest conflict. After all, the state was young, and had only joined the Union 15 years prior. The population of Iowa consisted of farmers from both Northern and Southern states, looking for new land to settle. The state remained a free state – making it the westernmost free state – and was an important destination for slaves moving out of Missouri. The underground railroad network in Iowa was thorough, radical, and successful in helping thousands of enslaved men, women and children find the road to freedom. Today, there are five preserved homes that remain a tribute to the history of the underground railroad in Iowa, and you can tour each of them.

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