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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Tuesday, May 14, 1861:  From Albany to Suspension Bridge, N.Y., by train.  They overnighted at the New York Central House.  [It was destroyed by fire in 1871.]

New York Central Railroad  
   Albany 8:30 a.m.
   Schenectady 9:10 a.m.
   Amsterdam 9:45 a.m.
   Fonda 10:05 a.m.
   Palatine Bridge 10:25 a.m.
   Fort Plain 10:30 a.m.
   St. Johnsville 10:45 a.m.
   Little Falls 11:10 a.m.
   Herkimer 11:25 a.m.
   Utica 12 noon
   Rome 12:30 p.m.
   Oneida 1:00 p.m.
   Canastota 1:15 p.m.
   Chittenango 1:25 p.m.
   Syracuse
1:55 p.m.
  leave at 2:15 p.m.
   Jordan 2:52 p.m.
   Port Byron 3:10 p.m.
   Clyde 3:40 p.m.
   Lyons 3:55 p.m.
   Newark 4:19 p.m.
   Palmyra 4:39 p.m.
   Fairport 5:00 p.m.
   Rochester 5:30 p.m.
New York Central Railroad:
Rochester, Lockport and Niagara Falls Division
 
   Spencerport 5:57 p.m.
   Adams Basin 6:05 p.m.
   Brockport 6:15 p.m.
   Holley 6:25 p.m.
   Murray 6:35 p.m.
   Albion 6:47 p.m.
   Knowlesville 7:00 p.m.
   Medina 7:10 p.m.
   Middleport 7:20 p.m.
   Gasport 7:30 p.m.
   Lockport 7:45 p.m.
   Lockport Junction 7:55 p.m.
   Pekin 8:10 p.m.
   Suspension Bridge 8:30 p.m.

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Times are based on the railroad schedule printed for July 1861.

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