Illinois Underground Railroad
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 Larry A. McClellan

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St. Joseph River Valley   --                                              Sites and Projects

Also for Northern Indiana Freedom Trail


For freedom seekers and the UGRR

on the Chicago to Detroit Freedom Trail


Larry McClellan – 10/25/2023

This is an intial, beginnings list !!


Little Calumet River UGRR Project

Supported by Indiana Landmarks

Black Heritage Preservation Grant

& Calumet Heritage Partnership


Research on specific sites and projects in St. Joseph River Valley

(Over time, sites & topics will be added and dropped)

(Projects could include some of the work for a site)


Specific projects:

            Develop general historic marker/interpretive site:

                        (Somewhere – the Chicago to Detroit Road story)

                        (Somewhere – Freedom Seekers in the St.  

                           Joseph River Valley)

For the Chicago to Detroit Freedom Trail: 

            Initial guidebooks and detailed maps

Final Guidebook and Maps

Phone apps   and   Interactive website

                          Collecting freedom seeker stories

            Plan for a Northern Indiana Freedom Trail extending

                           from the CDFT to Fremont

            In and from Ft. Wayne – freedom seeker journeys and

                           UGRR sites from  Ft. Wayne north


La Porte County

Michigan City –         Train depot – 2 Railroad lines

                                                 Harper family  and   Elias Taylor home

            SE of Michigan City –          Low farm and cemetery

Bigelow’s Mills –  Bigelows

La Porte -                  Dr. Teegarden  +      Potentials –

                                          McCaskey,King & Downing

NE of La Porte -       Banks settlement

St. Joseph County

South Bend –            1847 Powell Family Legal Case

                                    Bulla home

                                    Bartlett home

                                                Af Am History Exhibit - Northern                                                                     Indiana Center for History

Cass County, Michigan

            Cassopolis                Best route for CDFT thru Cass County

                                                Connect with County UGRR tour

                                                Chain Lake Baptist Church/cemetery

                                                Brownsville School

                                                Cassopolis mural -  1847 raid

                                                Bogue and Bonine sites

                                                Others to be specified

            Vandalia                    Shepard home site

Historic marker/ documentation         

            Sauk Trail Route     signage, historic marker


On planning for the Northern Indiana Freedom Trail:


Elkhart County

            Goshen/Bristol –      Samuel Judson home and Trial

                                                            of Slave Catchers – 1847

                                               Homes/home sites for:

                                                Abner Blue

                                                Jesse Adams

                                                B. F. Cathcart

                                                William Martin

                                                C. L. Murray

                                                Owen Coffin

            Goshen -                    Elkhart River site

            {A lynching in Elkhart County}

La Grange County

            Benjamin Waterhouse home

            Stutley Whitford home

Steuben County

            Angola –                    home sites

                                                Sojourner Truth

            Fremont –                  Erastus Farnham home

Lake Gage                 George Brown home

            Orland –                     Captain Barry’s home

                                                First Congregational Church

                                                Other home sites

            Salem Township       Daniel Butler home


      Contact the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad

                      Project through their Facebook page.

      Tom Shepherd  

      Larry McClellan

      Brother Sage Gillam