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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 121, September 24-25, 1853

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Identifier: DX04140518

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 121, September 24-25, 1853

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

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and most expensive affair. Back, dinner & good bye to the kind folks. [George M.] Swan with me to the Depot, and at 1 50/60 I’m off for Cincinatti. A pretty 115 miles did we pass through, though of no great grandeur. But there were long slopes of rich woodland, great fruitfull corn fields, little woods, and most beautiful streams. That little Miami I shall recollect. Bright summer light and luxuriance was everywhere, mighty trees with their shade athwart the river rippling on in tranquill beauty, a world of green beauty, despite the dust which blew fast & thick into the cars & over us, as we looked forth. By 5 1/2, having made but few stoppages we have arrived at the Queen City of the West. Detached wooden buildings on a high bank, more houses, common, squalid ones, thicker yet; glimpses on the left hand of a muddy river with a crowd of houses on the other side; a muddy street half hidden by pools of yellow water, pigs lying in it, or dashing off in unmelodious screechings from the shriek of the locomotive, dutch beer-houses, & then a big depot. Fifteen minutes waiting, carpet bag secured & I march up into the town. At length the Main Street, & “Sun” Office. But Roselle was away, sick. A young man, the City Editor, & reporter vouchsafed to guide me to the first hotel of the place, and did so. The Burnet House, a huge edifice, as large, or larger than the Astor House. To a room apportioned me, washed &c, then supper. Below looking at newspaper-files & about generally, all the evening, till I retire to my room & scribble the last six pages. Reading Haunt home.

25. Sunday. Up-rising and breakfast, thence rambled forth into the quiet streets and sunny morning. This Burnet House, (so called after a wealthy and influential Cincinattian;) is a large quadrangle, with projecting wings in front; the middle faзade cupola surmounted. Its rooms

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-09-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Trees
Swine
Hotels
Diaries
Railroads
Transportation
Travel

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