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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 101, August 31, 1853

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Identifier: DX04030261

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 101, August 31, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Arch Rock on Mackinac Island with William Barth.


and others have started for the Great Slave Lake, with Indians and squaws, [William Barth] apprising him [Alfred Waud] of it by letter. I have done two long letters for the “[New York] Times” duly forwarded, and am half way towards completion of a third. Also drawn two big cuts and five two cols for Picayune. Frank Noble took charge of part of these, for transmission per express from Detroit; I going to the vessel on Sunday afternoon, it stopping here in its passage southwards. Frisell brought me news of it, he being abroad; and coming up to the Fort to see me. [Frank] Hillard did the like, on two occasions, being tarrying at the Mission House for a Chicago boat. He’s off now. Also Compo [Campeau] called, once, he being bound Detroit-wards. A few rambles have I had about the Island, which is very pretty, and picturesque. Uprising early on the first morning, I with Barth took a before breakfast walk to the Arched Rock. Through winding forest ways over gently undulating green hills, among thick growing arbor-vitae, balsam fur, white and yellow pine, cedar, birch and poplar, gathering hazelnuts by the pocketful, plucking the small, though sweet and ripe wild goose strawberries that grow all over the island, we go, dew-drops glistening on the bright leaves, and the glorious morning sun overhead. The Roche Percйe as the French called it is a natural bridge or Arch, hollowed out I fancy, by water power, ages past. It is at the summit of a vast limestone bluff, perhaps over a hundred feet in heighth, below it the abyss, sinking down, and the lake. There’s a minor arch at some distance down, excavated in an abatment of the first. The upper one may be twelve feet thick, vertically twenty. It has been

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-31

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Indians of North America
Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)


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