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

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   Thursday, June 27, 1861:  From Prairie du Chien to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by train.

In Milwaukee, they stayed overnight at the Lake House, at the corner of Lake and Ferry Streets.  [The building was lost to fire in 1897.]

Milwaukee & Prairie du Chien Railroad  
   Prairie du Chien 10:00 a.m.
   Boschobel 10:55 a.m.
   Lone Rock 11:49 a.m.
   Mazomanie 12:43 p.m.
   Madison 1:35 p.m.
   McFarland 1:53 p.m.
   Stoughton 2:15 p.m.
   Edgerton 2:37 p.m.
   Milton Junction 2:55 p.m.
   Milton 3:05 p.m.
   Lima 3:18 p.m.
   Whitewater 3:42 p.m.
   Palmyra 4:00 p.m.
   Eagle 4:17 p.m.
   North Prairie 4:31 p.m.
   Genesee 4:39 p.m.
   Waukesha 5:00 p.m.
   Brookfield Junction 5:16 p.m.
   Elm Grove 5:33 p.m.
   Milwaukee 6:00 p.m.

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

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