Thursday, January 12, 2017

Africa Road, Benjamin Hanby, Alum Creek, and the Underground Rail Road

Most people do not know that north Columbus was part of the Underground Railroad for slaves to escape north from Kentucky to Canada.  They would wade through Alum Creek to lose the scent that dogs would follow.  Benjamin Hanby (author of Up on the Roof Top and My Darling Nellie Gray) used his house for shelter.  North of Hamby house a small settlement of former slaves formed along g a lane latter called Africa Road.

The dam at Alum Creek was created between 1970 and 1974.  It was retrofitted in 1978.  In January 2005 it reached it's highest levels with heavy rain and snow melt - The dam held!

Think about that while you are running the trails!

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