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


The Underground Railroad in Iowa
John Brown Freedom Trail 1859 - Stop Number Nine: Runnels, Iowa
Iowa Freedom Trail Project

After resting overnight the John Brown party continued eastward across Polk County. On February 18, 1859, the group arrived at Brian Hawley's farm, near present day Runnells. They stayed there one night before continuing the journey to freedom.

Hawley was a 49 year old saw mill owner and carpenter. He lived just west of Yellow Banks Park, a Polk County Conservation site.

Next Stop: Near Grinnell Iowa 

Iowa and the Underground Railroad

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