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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 128, September 29, 1853

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Identifier: DX04146890

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 128, September 29, 1853

Description: Describes taking a journey by stagecoach from Louisville into the Kentucky countryside.

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still road. At length day gan down drearily on our left, in blotches of cold light, soon however to brighten into more cheery aspect. By 7 we stop at a road side house for breakfast, which is right welcome, and its influence all-inspiriting. My travelling companions are, first a Dr Brodnax of Russellville, Kentucky, Louiseanian born, and owner of some considerable number of slaves & a cotton plantation in Alabama. He is a gentleman, and well informed. A Philadelphia born, Cincinatti-abiding dry goods man, yclept Burton, (father of him proud to believe himself akin to the good old book-fighter against blue-devils.) The other a burly farmer of Kentucky, who had never travelled on a railroad, and was inquisitive touching them. Woman, nothing notable. Brightly shone the sun now on the fil fields of indian corn, on the tall trees, and otherwise monotonous country, as winding along the road running parallel to the Ohio we reach Salt River. Here getting out to relieve our horses, (who had perhaps over-walked themselves,) we proceeding down a sloping bank, and with coach & quadrupeds were ferried across the river dreaded by politicians. Here the road meandering southwards becomes beautiful exceedingly. Brave pioneers following in [Daniel] Boone’s track, with rifle and trap, into the “darky and bloody ground” of Kentucky, (—so called from the Cane and Turkeys then abounding here,) found here in the west part of the state a vast prairie, and streams only fringed by tall trees. And now a second growth has covered it all with thick forest, on the variously lined autumnal leaves of which the hot moon tide light of the glorious sun shone brightly. On the crimson maple boughs and yellow hickory, an elm, oak, and the blood red berries and leaves of the sumach; brake, bush thicket and underwood. Tarrying to dine at Elizabethtown, — a plentiful but unnescessarily hurried meal, (but the driver had taken his feed, and therefore had naught to do, but blow a querulous horn out at the portal,) onwards we go, changing horses at every fifteen or twenty miles. As the day wore on, the road became

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-09-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Transportation
Travel
Stagecoaches
Slavery
Slaveholders
Plantations
Cotton
Farmers
Railroads
Ohio River
Horses
Salt River Watershed (Boyle County-Bullitt County, Ky.)
Autumn
Trees
Nature

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