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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 123, September 25-26, 1853

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Identifier: DX04142338

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 123, September 25-26, 1853

Description: Describes a walk through Cincinnati, Ohio.


“Sun” acquaintance Richardson appearing, I with an acquaintance of his, a Mr Crippen, of the Cincinnatti Daily Times set off to see more of the City, they acting as guides. The “Queen City of the West” has few fine public buildings, — all to be built. Court house &c are plain buildings. At the latter, & the “lock-up” where were three or four unhappy jail drunkards, in sort of cages, some sleeping on the hard wooden benches, and one arguing with prolix drivel on the justice of his incarceration. To a place where was kept a massive, steam worked Fire Engine, invented & patented by a Cincinattian, & produced at a cost of $2000. It is partly propelled by steam power to the scene when needed, partly by four horses. And say my two informants, it has proven a great success, almost making other machines useless. They have paid Firemen in Cincinatti, as at Boston. Talk of the Hog slaughtering & curing business, which was the main-stay of this flourishing city. Into an omnibus & Crippen leaving us, with guide I crossed the Ohio, an ugly ferry boat to Roselle’s dwelling, (becoming acquainted with a railroad man, by the way.) Richardson left soon, I stayed talking with Roselle till 10, on books, races, Berkleyism & metaphysics &c. His son piloted me to the river side, where after waiting for some time, beside a flaring brazier projecting beside the dark water I was rowed across is skiff, with other twain, and having re-crossed Mason & Dixon’s line; back to the Burnet house, meeting only two drunken Teutons by the way.

26. Monday. To the Office of the Cincinatti Daily Times, there to call as promised on Crippen. Introduced to Lock and Taylor &c; looked over building. Then, by 10 to the “Burnet” to keep appointment with Goodin, whom I met on the way, and who handed me over to the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fire fighters
Public architecture
Fire engines
Ohio River


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