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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   Monday, May 27 to June 4, 1861:  Thoreau and Mann explored the area around St. Anthony and Minneapolis.  Included on their list of sights to see were St. Anthony's Falls, Nicollet Island, Minnehaha Falls, Fort Snelling, and Hennepin Island.

They stayed at the Tremont House, at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in St. Anthony.  [It burned down in 1873.  Today the complex known as St. Anthony Main includes its former footprint.]

     Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 14, 1861:  The men moved out to the edge of Lake Calhoun and stayed at a boarding house run by Mrs. Hamilton.  They explored both the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet areas.

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