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The Underground Railroad in Iowa John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 Stop Number Three Iowa Freedom Trail Project


The Underground Railroad in Iowa
John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 Stop Number Three: Malvern, Iowa
Iowa Freedom Trail Project

After spending a week in Tabor, Iowa, on February 12, 1859, the John Brown party travelled to the Charles and Sylvia Tolles Cabin, in rural Mills County, 1.5 miles northwest of present day Malvern, Iowa. 
Tolles was born in February 1823 and sought adventure on the western frontier. Tolles arrived in Mills County, Iowa, in 1846 and became active in the Underground Railroad due to his previous association with Ira Blanchard. 
The three wagon caravan left early the next morning, February 13, and headed northeasterly towards Lewis, Iowa, in a bad snow storm. 
Years later, Tolles recollected about Brown: “I did not see a savage but a determined countenance, an eye that looked straight down in to your very soul.” 
For more information about Charles Tolles’ colorful life, check out this account published in the Annals of Iowa in Spring 1925. 
Next Stop: Lewis Iowa

Iowa and the Underground Railroad

https://iowaculture.gov/sites/default/files/History%20-%20Education%20-%20Lifelong%20Learning%20-%20Iowa%20Underground%20Railroad%20(PDF).pdf