Robert Mitchell played a large role in the Underground Railroad in the region. He conducted fugitives from his house to the next station, which was George Atchison's farm in Burnside, Clearfield County. Mitchell used a route that went through Cherry Tree, Hustenville and Pine Flats. Court documents show an example in which Mitchell hid a runaway slave referred to as Jared in his pine forest on banks of Two Lick Creek, near the old state road and near where the iron bridge now spans the creek. He was fined $10,000 in the Pittsburgh U.S. Circuit Court in 1846. He died Sept. 7, 1873.
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