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

Horace Mann, Jr.

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Wednesday, May 22, 1861:  Thoreau and Mann spent the day in Chicago.

    Thursday, May 23, 1861:  From Chicago to Dunleith via train.  At Dunleith, they boarded the steamboat Itasca.

Galena and Chicago Union Railroad  
   Chicago 9:15 a.m.
   Harlem [Oak Park] 9:47 a.m.
   Cottage Hill [Elmhurst] 10:04 a.m.
   Babcock's Grove [Lombard] 10:16 a.m.
   Danby [Glen Ellyn] 10:24 a.m.
   Wheaton 10:33 a.m.
   Winfield 10:41 a.m.
   Junction (Aurora Junction) 10:53 a.m.
   Wayne 11:07 a.m.
   Clintonville [South Elgin] 11:18 a.m.
   Elgin 11:30 a.m.
   Gilbert's 11:50 a.m.
   Huntley 12:06 p.m.
   Union 12:25 p.m.
   Marengo 12:36 p.m.
   Garden Prairie 12:51 p.m.
   Belvidere 1:09 p.m.
   Cherry Valley 1:24 p.m.
   Rockford 2:02 p.m.
   Winnebago 2:22 p.m.
   Pecatonica 2:42 p.m.
   Nevada [Ridott] 2:58 p.m.
   Freeport 3:15 p.m.
Illinois Central Railway  
   Freeport 3:30 p.m.
   Eleroy 3:52 p.m.
   Lena 4:02 p.m.
   Nora 4:22 p.m.
   Warren 4:30 p.m.
   Apple River 4:45 p.m.
   Scales Mound 5:05 p.m.
   Council Hill 5:20 p.m.
   Galena 5:38 p.m.
   Menomonee 6:00 p.m.
   Dunleith [East Dubuque] 6:20 p.m.

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

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