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

Illinois Basketball Museum to Open in Pontiac

basketball

A museum dedicated to Illinois basketball glory will open to fans by 2016.

in Local

Effingham Cross Draws Nearly 10k Visitors

cross_crossroads

9,479 people visited the Cross at the Crossroads.

in Local

Illinois Threatens to Withhold Funds if School Districts Don’t Test

Student Testing

Chicago Public Schools have already declined to offer the PARCC assessment tests.

in Local

Springfield Teen Taken Charged in Tuttle Murder

policetape2

A 16 year old Springfield youth has been charged with First Degree Murder in Tuttle's death.

in Local

Durbin Introduces Bill to End Cuban Travel Ban

durbin

The travel ban has been in effect since 1960, ostensibly as a way to prevent Americans from supporting the Castro communist regime.