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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 13, July 4, 1853

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Identifier: DX04042838

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 13, July 4, 1853

Description: Describes his journey to the Falls House at the Catskill Mountains.

vast Panorama spread out to admire and wonder at. / Here we [Gunn and Henry Hart] rejoined Dillon [Mapother] & [Alfred] Waud, & after inquiring start off for a mile or twain through a forest path to the Falls House. Pools of water rock bestrewn, masses of fern, wild strawberries in the lush and luxuriant grass, wild flowers of a size and beauty unknown to English lanes; and blossoming trees. Met two folks in carriage, one a burly man who had recently crossed the Atlantic with Dillon. Arrived at the Fall’s Hotel, a small, wooden built, cleanly place, and adjacent to it a little shanty overhanging the Fall to which we, incontinently proceeded. A great ravine and heaven-shouldering mountains, a great curve of rock all framed in by trees and verdure, and a small stream of water dashing down into the hollow. So it appeared to us then. Miles away rose a huge mountain, its distance indicated by the blue tints swathing it. And on either hand great forest-clad mountain sides, with many mighty skeleton tree trunks rising out of the verdure. The edge of the lower fall we could see, no more. / It was quite night now. 8 o’clock and a plentiful supper. There were some five or six folk present, one dark haired & young stood with arms folded in slightly melodramatic attitude under piazza, the other older looking, both gentlemanly. A sturdy, good humored loose white trousered Englishman, bearded, hath lived in Cuba and travelled much. And others. All to bed early, Waud & I together. Room small but cleanly, shelving roof, and window on the floor.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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