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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 198, November 20-21, 1853

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Identifier: DX04123249

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 198, November 20-21, 1853

Description: Describes traveling on the Crystal Palace steamboat to Cincinnati, Ohio.

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then, passing down part of Main Street, church bells tolling pleasantly in our ears; we again descended to the river, and aboard the “Crystal Palace.” The handsomest steamboat I have ever seen, throughout. The enormously lengthy saloon on the upper-deck, has on either side little fluted hall columns, painted white, their capitals brightly gilt, prettily shaped open spaces betwixt, which admit light into the snug state rooms. Above architrave and cornice, which is neatly broken in outline is stained glass, of rare and delicately chosen tints. The ceiling is diamond crossed, the robs gilt, with pendants at the junctions; and at the sides. Luxurious chairs, rich carpeting and fine chandeliers complete the interior. Outside, everything is bright and new looking, and gaily painted. / We lag till noon at Louisville, a crowd of folk watching us, at last off we are up the now villanously muddy Ohio, with a parting salute from the steam-pipe that might have maddened Polyphene. All the afternoon, onwards. The feeding arrangements of the boat on a par with its appearance; one could not fare better at a first rate hotel. Stopped at one or two places; one, Madison, on the Indiana shore. Promenading to and fro on the docks, the roof and below till night closed around us; and then, in the cabin attempted to write, but the oscillation of the tables partly frustrated it. I learn, by midnight we shall reach Cincinatti.

21. MonTuesday. Rising by 4, I find the steamboat moored alongside the steep banks, and the town, murky and black in the distance, all around. Some two or three Irish hackmen or porters about; and perhaps a dozen or more newly risen passengers like myself washing &c in the barbers shop, preparatory for quitting the boat. Tarried till 5 1/2, then with carpet-bag, pipe-stem & bear skin off for the Railroad Depot. I had been given to understand it was but a few squares distance, but it proved

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-11-20

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Transportation
Travel
Steamboats
Ohio River
Irish
Railroads

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