Stone Arch Railroad Bridge in Vernon, Indiana was one of the many tunnels slaves would use to escape during the early 1800s to gain freedom.
Vernon and Madison Indiana's underground railroads systems were one of the many places slaves would evade of being took captive.
Built of stone and brick in the year of 1837 the stone arch is one of the oldest railroad overpasses built in the state of Indiana.
Known as the culvert many locals of Vernon would assist slaves to help them flee north through this underpass.
The town of Vernon fought against injustice slavery by sheltering them and aiding them from Confederates.
During 1837 and 1847 the underground railroad in Madison, Indiana was built during the civil war. The railroad system spanned from Indiana, Ohio,Kentucky and Iowa. This allowed a perfect get away for slaves who were fleeing from their owners.
The Stone Arch Railroad Bridge in Vernon, Indiana was part of the underground system and the underpass below it served as one of the many tunnels slaves would use to hide or pass through while on the run.
The Stone Arch Railroad Bridge was built in 1837. The bridge is one of the oldest bridges ever built in the state of Indiana. The bridge was constructed of stone and brick. The builders of the site are unknown.
The locals of Vernon call the stone arch the culvert. The citizen's of Vernon played a big role in history because they would aid/shelter slaves and help them flee north. The underground railroad and underpasses were key factors on slaves gaining freedom.