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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     Sunday, May 11, 1861:  From Concord to Worcester by train

Thoreau and Mann had two choices of departure times.  Which one they took is uncertain.

They probably stayed at the home of friend Harrison Gray Otis Blake at 3 Bowdoin Street in Worcester.  [The house has since been torn down and has been replaced by a pseudo-rotary between Harvard and Lancaster Streets.]

Fitchburg Railroad    
   Concord 11:55 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
   South Acton 12:16 p.m. 5:17 p.m.
   Groton Junction [Ayer] 12:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m.
Worcester & Nashua Railroad    
   Harvard 12:50 p.m. 5:50 p.m.
   Still River 12:55 p.m. 5:55 p.m.
   Lancaster 1:06 p.m. 6:04 p.m.
   South Lancaster 1:09 p.m. 6:07 p.m.
   Clinton 1:13 p.m. 6:10 p.m.
   Sterling Junction 1:28 p.m. 6:22 p.m.
   Oakdale 1:33 p.m. 6:27 p.m.
   West Boylston 1:38 p.m. 6:32 p.m.
   Worcester 2:00 p.m. 6:55 p.m.

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Times are based on railroad schedules printed for June 1860 and July 1861.

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