| From May 11 to July 11,
1861, Henry David Thoreau and Horace Mann, Jr., traveled together
through 10 U.S. states and one present-day Canadian province. They
used both railroads and steamboats to make a 3,000+-mile loop around the
Northeast and the Midwest. Thoreau kept a field
notebook. Young Horace wrote letters home. Why did they
What did they see? What did they do? We can learn some of the
answers by recreating their trip today.
With the information
provided on this site, anyone can trace the path of Thoreau and Mann's
"Journey West" today.