Thoreau and Mann spent two weeks getting from Massachusetts to Minnesota, by
rail and by steam. They spent one month exploring the area around the
Twin Cities, and also accompanied a tourist excursion to the Lower Sioux
Agency in Redwood, Minnesota. Then they took to water and rails again
and followed a
more northern route to return home.
Though the intent was to relieve Henry Thoreau's symptoms of consumption,
the trip was also his one and only chance to "Go West." He and young
Horace were able to "botanize" at Niagara Falls, N.Y.; on Barn Bluff in
Redwing, Minn.; along the Minnesota River; and on Mackinac Island, Mich.
Click here to see a map of their route.
Click here for a list of railroad stops.