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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 80, August 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04103299

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 80, August 18, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.


lead-heavings are incessant, and the passage is triumphantly accomplished. Fellows all hurrah. Up the winding green margined river. Projecting or sloping shores, little islets, large ones, channels and esturies [estuaries] innumerable, great beds of rushes, and here and there broad leaved water lilies tremulously floating by the margin of the untrodden shores. Trees and thickets all around, verdure to the waters edge. Sometimes the stream narrowed so much that twould have been an impossibility to have turned the vessel, sometimes sloped off into little lake or bay. The river was very shallow, and brown colored, from the clay or [unclear word] banking it. A canoe, not far off. Our boat is out very much. We run ashore, and stick fast for 3/4 of an hour, during which dinner occurs. I being talking with Godfroy in the fore part find all places at table occupied, have to tarry the second dinner, which I do, impatiently enough, for we are close on Fond du Lac, and its huts can be descried. By the time a hurried meal was despatched we were there. Some fifteen wooden built huts, primitive enough, cane-shaped Indian wig-wams of every degree of diminutive misery. The place is quite up as far as the river is navigable, situated on the very margin, luxuriant green turf and rushes all around. Behind rise tree-surmounted hills. Little torn and dirty flags flutter in the rear, — a burial ground. Godfroy was in great glory here, as might be imagined. His store, was, truly the biggest in the place, a spacious log-building, nearly opposite to which our vessel lay. (By the bye, tis the first steamboat whose paddle-wheels have plashed up this wild western stream, — propellers three there have been, no steamboats.) But now to speak of the Indians. All the population, save such men as were

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Superior, Lake
Great Lakes (North America)


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