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Over thirty years ago, I discovered an old traveler’s diary in an antique shop. Written in 1835, it recorded the travels of a New England gentleman as he explored the “west” (today’s Midwest), searching for land and opportunity.
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In 1835, a traveler set off from his home in
New England, eager to explore the newly-open
lands of the West – today’s Midwest.
This is his never-before-published journal.
Traveling by horseback, steamboat, canal boat,
and rail, he navigated muddy roads and a
freshly-completed network of waterways and
railroads, recording what he saw – some towns
recently afflicted with cholera; others bursting
The diary begins as he steps off the Erie Canal
at Buffalo, New York. Over the next month,
he made his way through Ohio, Michigan,
Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, (West)
Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and finally
back to New York.
This diary recounts his adventuresome journey
in the traveler’s own words, with maps, photos
and annotations added to his entries.
A fascinating first-hand account of the
pre-Civil War years, and a rare glimpse of
America in 1835!
And if you’d like the full book, it’s available on Amazon.