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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 116, September 22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04119618

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 116, September 22, 1853

Description: Describes exploring Cleveland, Ohio, while waiting for a train to Columbus.


22. Thursday. By 4 or 5 in the morning we are lying off Cleveland, and many passengers have gone ashore. It is a misty, raw morning, as I look forth from my cabin-window on long wharfs stretching out on either side, between which on muddily yellowish water ride vessels of varying sorts and sizes. Stir and turmoil and bustle everywhere. After much progression athwart and about docks, and more retrogression I at 7 effect a landing, and walk into the town “below the hill.” Through a dirty street with pigs in gutter & Germans & Irish at the doors of squalid pot-houses until after five minutes walk I arrived at the Railroad Depot. Across multitudinous iron tracks to here great sheds & puffing locomotives intimate busy travel-work, and at a wide orchid space, (its further end a pier surrounded by the tossing lake-water;) I there make inquiry touching the departure of the cars for Columbus: also breakfasting. Some delay, & finding the Superintendant, while he is franking me, the 8 o’clock cars & Express train move on — leaving me two hours to look at Cleveland. So stowing away carpet-bag I stroll on, & mounting up the sloping sides of the hill on which the better parts of the town stands, take a view of it. Cleveland & Ohio City, seperated but by a little river, which has produced the absurdity of making these two one, (— people who live adjacent with water betwixt ‘em always hate one another:) are margined by curving bays & the broad lake. Looking on thus & the busy streets & outstretching wharf I am greeted by another “Pacific” acquaintance. An elderly man, Brown or Smith or some (I scarce recollect which no name t’was,) who stopped at Sault Ste Marie, going up. He directs me & we part. Down, (or up,) Superior Street, worthy of the name, the crack street of Cleveland. A wide one, great hotels, fine stores, equal to New York, handsome buildings

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Erie, Lake


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