Thoreau's "Journey West:"  The Route

     The 1861 trip that led Henry David Thoreau & Horace Mann, Jr., from Massachusetts to Minnesota

 

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Henry David Thoreau

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   Saturday, July 6, 1861:  From Goderich to Toronto, Canada West, by train.

In Toronto, the men stayed at the Rossin House, at the southeast corner of the intersection of King and York Streets.  [It was destroyed by fire in 1862.  The hotel was rebuilt the following year.  In 1909, its name was changed to the Prince George Hotel.  The building was torn down in the 1960s to make way for more contemporary structures to serve the surrounding financial district. Today rising up from that corner looms the 25-story Standard Life Centre, a tower of granite and glass that opened in 1984.]

Buffalo & Lake Huron Railroad  
   Goderich 9:00 a.m.
   Clinton 9:33 a.m.
   Harpurhey 9:48 a.m.
   Seaforth 9:52 a.m.
   Carronbrook [Dublin] 10:06 a.m.
   Mitchell 10:17 a.m.
   Stratford 10:50 a.m.
Grand Trunk Railway  
   Stratford 12:50 p.m.
   Shakespeare 1:05 p.m.
   Hamburg 1:28 p.m.
   Baden 1:38 p.m.
   Berlin [Kitchener] 2:00 p.m.
   Guelph 2:36 p.m.
   Rockwood 2:55 p.m.
   Acton West 3:12 p.m.
   Georgetown 3:35 p.m.
   Brampton 3:58 p.m.
   Malton 4:13 p.m.
   Weston 4:32 p.m.
   Toronto 5:10 p.m.

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Times are based on railroad schedules printed for June 1860 and July 1861.

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