Morning Glory Inn

Construction of the three story brick home of John G. Fisher was started in 1860 and completed in 1862. Fisher was a German immigrant and was in Pittsburgh as early as 1854. Fisher manufactured bricks.

Under the front sidewalk and extending under part of the Sarah Street Fisher built an eight by twenty four foot brick walled room connected to the house basement by a low 15 foot long tunnel. We believe it’s only useful value would have been for access to an underground railroad safe house.

Morning Glory Inn
2119 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431-1707

With some verification information from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation our investigation revealed the following facts:

  • Germany’s 1843 revolution against the Czar sent many fleeing to America. They were sympathetic to slaves fleeing to freedom.
  • The timeline works. Fisher escapes to America between 1848 and 1849‚Ķ spends several years in New York City and comes to Pittsburgh by 1854.
  • Fisher was here early enough to be involved.
  • The house was here ten years before East Birmingham ‘s growth started to explode.
  • The house sets back from the street just as they did in New York. Later European immigrants ignored Fisher’s setback and built to the road.
  • He starts construction in 1860 and feels a safe house will still be needed (the Civil War is just starting, 1860), thus he builds an underground entrance room and tunnel.

The underground railroad history experts doubt the tunnel at our Pittsburgh bed and breakfast was ever actually used that late. Interestingly, however, Fisher laid bricks on the dirt floor in the tunnel and basement. The tunnel bricks are worn from very heavy use,  probably during Prohibition.

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