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Underground Railroad in Ripley County
The Underground Railroad has a strong tradition in Ripley County as many residents were involved in the movement of escaped slaves from the south. Napoleon, Indiana was a center for the Underground Railroad as several routes intersected there. A number of buildings, which still stand, were involved in this movement. A tunnel was even built under the busy Michigan Road, to move escaped slaves from one building to another. Osgood also saw heavy involvement, being at a terminus of routes coming from the south and east. Old Milan, just north of Milan, also played an important role, being on the route from Aurora and Lawrenceburg.
Ripley County Underground Railroad Driving Trails
The Ripley County Historical Society offers a brochure that outlines five driving tours that list places in Ripley County that were important in the Underground Railroad. The tours all begin at the Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles. Interested visitors may obtain the booklets at the Ripley County Historical Society on the Courthouse square in Versailles or from a rack outside the Ripley County Tourism Bureau's welcome center on US Route 50.
For more information, contact:
Ripley County Tourism Bureau
PO Box 21
220 East US 50
Versailles, IN 47042
Ripley County Historical Society
P. O. Box 525
Versailles, Indiana 47042