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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 60, August 13-14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04085204

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 60, August 13-14, 1853

Description: Describes arriving at Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior and taking a smaller boat on an excursion to the shore from the Sam Ward.


as sleeping companion. Quite a Homeric Offer. Up stairs, getting acquainted with every body. And abed by 11 1/2.

14. Sunday. Rose early, as wont. Wash &c. Long talk with an elderly New Yorker, Greenwood. Rich old gentleman, well informed, travelling with his son. Going to the Mammoth Cave anon, where I’ll go. He’d had his skull slightly damaged by a scuttle falling on’t in a New York fire, in his youth. Told some fine things anent Niagara, ere houses & hotels were there. How a relative, (I think brother) had visited a sort of cave, past the Cave of the Winds, with a daring Indian, for rare stones. Make use of that in a story some day. Breakfast, and a good one. We now were approaching where the Pictured Rocks commence upon the Southern shore of Superior. But bright as the sun had arisen, and clear as the day at first looked, soon a close white mist hung over everything, we could scarce see a hundred yards. So I scribbled. And anon comes the captain and Montgomery, bidding me join a favoured few in a boat excursion to the shore. Off we put to the envy of everybody. [George M.] Swan, Northberry, (good-looking Detroit Editor.) and others. Right through the ghostly shroud of mist, and soon the Sam Ward was invisible. Fellows rowing sturdily, [Thompson P.] Mc Elrath of the number. 15 minutes, and a rocky shore of 70 feet rises before us, all hardened sandstone. (I had forgot to mention ere the fog appeared, we had seen long mounds of sand hills, bare and desolate-looking, no trace of vegetation visible.) Grand Sable, Landing on the rock, the first man that leaped cried out. The whole shroud was covered with the most beautiful and varied stones. Cornel-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Superior, Lake
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Wounds and injuries
Indians of North America
Great Lakes (North America)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.)


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