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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 184, July 26, 1852

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Identifier: DX01162762

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 184, July 26, 1852

Description: Describes his railroad journey from New York to Niagara Falls.


of land clearing, tree stumps innumerable — and huge wood piles at all the stations. Anon we approach the neighbourhood of that granite backbone of this American Continent, the Alleghanies, and then the flying glimpses of landscape became very beautiful; — mountaintop after mountain-top, all clothed in the deepest green, lit up with the last low beams; broad sheets of water, now smooth and rippleless, then filled up and choked with tree trunks, forming a jumbled rafted, for half a mile or so. Little wooden road-side shanties, all solitary. More zig zag disordered tumble down, roughly pitched together zig-zaggeries than I can think of. Depots where the name would be written up in black letters, where some six ten or thirty folk would be assembled waiting the arrival of the cars. Ruddy faced, sinewy looking even, boys bare legged and curious. Night came on — two lamps lit,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Railroad travel
Allegheny Mountains


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