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Vandalia a stop on the Underground Railroad

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By The Staff

The busiest time of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) was between the years l840 and 1860. Untold thousands of slaves were ushered between “stations” on this most secret of roads.

The main points of entry into Illinois were Chester, Alton and Quincy. It is believed that five separate lines started at Quincy, which had one of the largest organized cells of the Underground Railroad in the entire state.

For Fayette County, proof of the Underground Railroad has been a little long in coming.


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