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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   Sunday, June 23 to Wednesday, June 26, 1861:  Thoreau and Mann left St. Paul and relocated to Red Wing, Minnesota, where they explored Barn Bluff and the surrounding area for a few days.

In Red Wing, they stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel, at the end of Potter Street.  [The hotel burned down in 1869.  Today that area is occupied by the mills of Archer Daniels Midland.]

   Wednesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 27, 1861:  They steamed down the Mississippi River on the steamboat War Eagle.  They reached Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on Thursday morning.

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