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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   Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 1861:  Crossed Lake Michigan via the steamship Edith.  They stopped at the ports of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Carp River [Leland], Michigan, before landing at Mackinac Island in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

   Sunday, June 30 to Thursday, July 4, 1861:  Thoreau and Mann spent time exploring Mackinac Island.  They stayed at the Mackinac House on Main Street.   [The hotel burned down in 1887. It was rebuilt and reopened as The New Mackinac.  During the Depression of the 1930s, the tourist trade lapsed and the hotel deteriorated.  It was purchased by the city in 1938 and torn down. Today that lot is a small park with information kiosks and benches to sit upon.]

   Thursday, July 4 to Friday, July 5, 1861:  Crossed Lake Huron via the steamship Sun.  They reached Goderich, Canada West, at 10 p.m. on Friday.

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