The Dunphy Building, which was once an Underground Railroad station, now houses The Second Reading Book Shop.

The Underground Railroad Station Located at 16 East Broadway in Alton, Illinois

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John J. Dunphy

In this 2017 column for The Telegraph of Alton, Illinois, I wrote that the Dunphy Building became an Underground Railroad station in 1840. While Elijah Dimmock and his family indeed moved to Alton in 1840, as I noted in my book Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois, he didn’t purchase the Dunphy Building until 1847. A Yankee abolitionist, Dimmock soon made it an Underground Railroad station.

Dunphy made a mistake. That alone surely makes this column collectible.

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John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL USA. Google him to learn more about this enigmatic person who is such a gifted writer and poet.