The Underground Railroad in Pike County

The Underground Railroad in Pike County (HM14BQ)

Location: Piketon, OH 45661 Pike County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 3.36', W 83° 1.154'

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Historic Underground Railroad Site

An Elm Grove abolitionist maintained a lonely Underground Railroad station where he provided safety for escaping enslaved persons. These fugitives were attempting to travel the unfriendly route from Houston Hollow in Scioto County to safe places in Ross where other conductors helped them on their way to Canada.

At Straight Creek, Christopher Brown, a former slave, conducted runaways to Chillicothe. The Barnett and Muntz families, at the P.P. settlement in northwest Pike County hid fugitives then took them to the next safe place and a step closer to freedom.

Oral history states that someone at the Eager Inn that was located on a post road connecting Adams and Ross Counties, received information when runaways were on their way to that vicinity. The information was then given to the Muntz or Barnett families who prepared to receive the fugitives.

Other Pike County citizens who were actively involved in assisting the runaway slaves to freedom were the conductors at the Carrs Run and East Jackson settlements.
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HM NumberHM14BQ
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Placed ByFriends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association, Ohio Candle Company, Village of Piketon, and Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 325281 N 4324931
Decimal Degrees39.05600000, -83.01923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.36', W 83° 1.154'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 21.60" N, 83° 1' 9.24" W
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Area Code(s)740, 937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6198 Co Rd 84, Piketon OH 45661, US
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