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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 117, September 22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04120526

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 117, September 22, 1853

Description: Describes his journey by railroad from Cleveland, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio.

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and business everywhere. Leading into a open treed-space, park or square, from which branch off fine avenues, with sty-lish houses, villas & private residences, trees about them. All the streets wide & well kept. The day, hitherto sunny & hot, (having overpowered the morning’s mist) gan indicate rain, which however came not. To and amid the market, —a busy, cheery scene; some two or three hundred yards of street all thronged with carts containing mostly country produce, stout former people there attending Some had butcher’s meat, others fowls, fruit, vegetables of any improbable size, there was brisk bargaining, chaffering, & money passing about, the German dialect often heard amid the din of-traffic. To the Post Office, there to send, a letter with more guitar strings to [William] Barth. Got two “Times” at stall. Ten o clock & aboard the cars, & off. Over bridge, and into country, low-lying, fertile though unpicturesque for a time. Many places did we pause at, the names of which I recollect not. A new London, & Greenwich were of the number. ‘Twas tedious progression and very dusty. Fifteen minutes for dinner at 1 o’clock, then on again. Past tree stumps, streams pretty & solitary looking in the hot afternoon, distant houses, fields of Indian corn and towns, till at 5 we dart into a great depot, and over 100 miles have been passed over, and I am at the capital city [Columbus] of the Buckeye state. Tis a lovely evening as I walk up the High Street, past a huge, handsome, unfinished building, which I knew not then was the State House, by one or two large though not fine looking hotels, good stores &c, and turning for brief space down a street branching off from it, arrived at [George M.] Swan’s “Elevator” Office. A near, narrow, longish building of yellowish baked brick, approached on one side by an outside staircase, (the closed store below Swan, who had built and owned the place, hadn’t been able to let.) I went up, opened the door, and

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-09-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Railroads
Transportation
Travel
Farmers' markets
Markets
Business
Butchers
Germans
Farmers
Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio)
Newspapers

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