News

Underground Railroad Station Found Near Downtown Springfield

Underground Railroad Station Found Near Downtown Springfield

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

An often overlooked part of Springfield’s history is being unearthed this summer.

An archeological dig is underway in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and state archeologist Terrance Martin says they are finding the home of Jameson Jenkins, a friend of Abraham Lincoln and a conductor with the Underground Railroad.

“In the 1850’s he was involved with an event recorded in the newspapers called the ‘Great Slave Stampede’ where slaves escaped from the St. Louis area and made their way to Springfield. The roads were so bad they had to spend the night here. Jenkins helped some get up to Bloomington, Illinois,” says Martin.

The dig site is open to the public and displays pottery and parts of the long-demolished home. Martin says hundreds of visitors from across the globe stop and watch the excavation.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Extra Police Patrols for Labor Day Weekend

Fresh
9-3-15 KEEP DRIVING SOBER

"Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over."

in Local

Sangamon Co. Clerk Disputes Voter Roll Study

sangamon_county_building_2

Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray says don't believe what you read when it comes to alleged analysis of the county's voter rolls by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

in Local

CWLP Bond Rating Analyzed

Updated
cwlp

City Water Light and Power says Moody's Investors Service is keeping the electric utility bond rating at A3.

in Local

Durbin: Enough Votes Supporting Iran Nuclear Deal

IRAN VOTE

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have enough votes to uphold a preserve the Iran nuclear deal, but U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is aiming for a higher goal.

in Local

Video Recovered That Could Help Manhunt

FOX LAKE AP

Authorities believe they've recovered video that will help the investigation into who killed a Fox Lake police officer.