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    Abolitionist College

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.2004.3
    County: Jefferson
    Title: Eleutherian College

    Marker Text: Side one:

    College developed 1854 from Eleutherian Institute, founded 1848. Thomas Craven and anti-slavery advocates in the area created and supported the institution for education of students of all races and genders. This structure, built in the 1850s for classes and a chapel, was purchased for restoration 1990. Designated National Historic Landmark 1997.

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    Eleutherian provided one of earliest educational opportunities for women and African-Americans before Civil War.

    The Underground Railroad refers to a widespread network of diverse people in the nineteenth century who aided slaves escaping to freedom from the southern U.S.

    Credit Line: Installed 2004 Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR, African American Landmarks Committee of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc., Historic Eleutherian College, Historic Madison, Jefferson County Preservation Council, Cornerstone Society, Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable, and City of Madison
    Directions: 6927 West SR 250, Lancaster.

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    Underground Railroad

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.2004.2
    County: Jefferson
    Title: Lyman Hoyt

    Marker Text: Side one:
    Born in Vermont 1804. Moved to Jefferson County 1834, where he owned land and had several manufacturing businesses. Active in Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society and in forming Liberty Party for abolition of slavery. He and his family supported Eleutherian College. He died 1857. Home listed in National Register of Historic Places 2003.

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    Hoyt condemned the Fugitive Slave Law and participated in helping fugitives escaping through Jefferson County.

    The Underground Railroad refers to a widespread network of diverse people in the nineteenth century who aided slaves escaping to freedom from the southern U.S.

    Credit Line: Installed 2004 Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, IDNR, African American Landmarks Committee of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc., Historic Eleutherian College, Historic Madison, Jefferson County Preservation Council, Cornerstone Society, Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable, and City of Madison
    Directions: 7147 West SR 250, Lancaster.
    Annotated Text: Born in Vermont 1804.(1) Moved to Jefferson County 1834,(2) where he owned land and had several manufacturing businesses.(3) Active in Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society(4) and in forming Liberty Party for abolition of slavery.(5) He and his family supported Eleutherian College.(6) He died 1857.(7) Home listed in National Register of Historic Places 2003.(8).

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    Civil War Hero

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.1999.1
    County: Jefferson
    Title: Alois O. Bachman

    Marker Text: Side one:
    Born in Madison 1839. Family home on West Main Street. Attended Hanover College 1856-1858 to pursue practice of law. Attended Kentucky Military Institute in Frankfort. Organized Madison City Greys 1858, which became part of Sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteers of Union Army in the Civil War.

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    Lieutenant Colonel Bachman, commanding the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry Regiment of the Iron Brigade of the Army of the Potomac, was mortally wounded leading a charge during the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. He was the highest ranking Hoosier in the Union Army killed in this battle. His grave is in adjacent Springdale Cemetery. Bridge named for him 1998.

    Credit Line: Erected 1999 Indiana Historical Bureau and Jefferson County Civil War Round Table
    Directions: SE corner of Alois O. Bachman Bridge at SR 7, Hanging Rock Hill, Presbyterian & Cragmont Streets, Madison.

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    Incline Plain or RR right of way

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.1996.1
    County: Jefferson
    Title: Madison Hill Incline and Cut

    Marker Text: Built 1836-1841 as part of Indiana's 1836 Internal Improvement Act. Measures 7,012 feet long and elevates 413 feet to achieve a 5.89 percent grade; 500,000 tons of rock and earth were moved in construction. Still considered to be the steepest standard gauge main track ascended by wheel-adhesion locomotives in the U.S.

    Credit Line: Erected 1996 Indiana Historical Bureau and Jefferson County Historical Society, Inc.
    Directions: 1001 W. Main & McIntire Streets, SW corner of railroad bridge, Madison.

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    Confederate Raiders

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.1963.1
    County: Jefferson
    Title: Morgan's Raid July 8-13, 1863

    Marker Text: Confederate forces under Gen. John Hunt Morgan camped near Dupont the night of July 11. They destroyed railroad track, burned bridges, freight cars and a warehouse, and stole 2,000 hams from Mayfield's pork house.

    Credit Line: Erected by the Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission, 1963
    Directions: SR 7, Dupont. Missing.

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    Markland Lock & Dam

    by Toughluck Updated Nov 3, 2006
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    Take a drive up river to the town of Vevay (pronounded Vi-vee) . The town has some quaint shops and restaurants. If you plan your trip to be there at lunch or dinner, you'll find a pleasant time awaits.

    Another few miles beyond town is the next bridge over the Ohio. It is IN 101 and KY 1188. The bridge is part of the Lock and Dam structure built by the Corp of Engineers to support shipping on the Ohio. The next crossing is the outer belt in Cincinnati. You have a choice to make here. .

    1. Either continue the journey up river which is still a wonderful ride and return through the country side. or

    2. Cross over and return on the Kentucky side to Milton and the bridge to Madison.

    Either way, you'll enjoy the journey. If you cross over, there is a viewing platform. There is information about the channel project, picnic facilities and a restroom. If boat traffic is in the area, you can watch is lock through. Moving the long barges is an interesting process.

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    Clifty Falls State Park

    by CJD68 Written May 9, 2003

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    One mile west of town with entrances on State Road 56 and 62.

    Considered one of the State's prettiest parks. Clifty Falls offers over 1300 lush acres with scenic overlooks, 70 foot rock gorges, seven waterfalls, nature center, picnic area, swimming pool, and campground. Hikers can enjoy trails ranging from 3/4 mile-easy, to 3 miles-rugged. Located high on a bluff is Clifty Inn offering hotel. Restaurant and meeting space. Open year round.

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