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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Tuesday, May 21, 1861:  From Detroit, Michigan, to Chicago, Illinois, by train.

They stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel, at the corner of Randolph and Wells Streets.  [It was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871.]

Michigan Central Railroad  
   Detroit 7:00 a.m.
   Ypsilanti 8:02 a.m.
   Ann Arbor 8:22 a.m.
   Jackson 9:45 a.m.
   Albion 10:28 a.m.
   Marshall 10:55 a.m.
   Battle Creek 11:25 a.m.
   Kalamazoo 12:12 p.m.
   Ostemo 12:30 p.m.
   Niles 2:15 p.m.
   Michigan City 3:40 p.m.
   Lake (Lake Station) 4:30 p.m.
   Gibson's 5:00 p.m.
   Calumet [Kersington] 5:25 p.m.
   Chicago 6:00 p.m.

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

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