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, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 1861:  Travel up the Mississippi River on the steamboat Itasca.

     According to Thoreau and Mann's notes, they first crossed over to Dubuque, Iowa, from Dunleith, Illinois.  They reached Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, by 5 p.m. on Friday.

     On Saturday, they continued up the river.  They were at Brownsville, Minnesota, in the early morning hours.  They entered Lake Pepin around 4 p.m. and got to Red Wing, Minnesota, around 7:30 p.m.

     They reached St. Paul, Minnesota, at 2 or 3 a.m. on Sunday.  Thoreau and Mann went to the American House in St. Paul for breakfast, before they took the stagecoach to St. Anthony and eventually checked into the Tremont House.

The Tremont House stood at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in St. Anthony.  [It burned down in 1873.  Today the complex known as St. Anthony Main includes its former footprint.]

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