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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   Wednesday, July 10, 1861:  Thoreau and Mann spent enough time in Ogdensburgh, N.Y., to eat both lunch and dinner there.  They may very well have been hanging around to wait for the 4 a.m. express train to Boston.  Here is their path across northern New York state.

Northern (Ogdensburgh) Railroad  
   Ogdensburgh 4:00 a.m.
   Madrid 4:38 a.m.
   Potsdam 4:55 a.m.
   Brasher Falls 5:18 a.m.
   Lawrence 5:30 a.m.
   Brush's Mills [Brushton] 5:47 a.m.
   Malone 6:29 a.m.
   Chateaugay 6:56 a.m.
   Mooer's Forks 8:05 a.m.
   Champlain 8:20 a.m.
   Rouse's Point 8:30 a.m.
   Alburgh, Vt. 8:53 a.m.

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

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