Underground Railroad

For decades, there was speculation as to Boone County, Kentucky’s role in regional Underground Railroad (UGRR) activities, but little to no evidence. Resources such as the Wilber H. Siebert Collection at the Ohio Historical Society, provided clues as to the crossing points, possible routes and the key players in Boone County’s most controversial story.

The research is an ongoing process. Although there is evidence of over 100 UGRR incidents between 1837 and 1863 in Boone County alone, much of the evidence is circumstantial and further research is necessary to confirm the content. Boone County Public Library will continue to make additional information available online and in future tours.

Timeline of Escapes

Key Stories