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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 117, December 28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01230719

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 117, December 28, 1852

Description: Describes his train journey to Niagara Falls.


off for the North. Rain splashings intermittent against the car windows, stove within cheery as a stove can be. Now last time I travelled this route, albeit Summer, yet the weather was not over good, recorded I note more than the general features of the landscape. This time, being well advised I took the right side of the cars, and kept my eyes open. As the day drew on, and having breakfasted on the line, I felt mightily exhilarated. 80 miles or so passed and we are winding high up among the mountain tops of Delaware. How grand, how savagely wild, mountains on mountains aspiring heaven wards, thousands upon thousands of blackened tree stumps, crags, cliffs and awful precipieses [precipices], wide wild gorges, forests of bared hemlocks & pines. Snow, ice, water and mist about them. Savage winter holding indisputed sway, nor hut nor sign of habitation, save perchance some wretched ruined shanty, rotting by the ice-bound water. Before and behind ranges of mountain chain; the winding Snake like Delaware river amidst them. Places yet the haunts of wolf & panther, a primeval world. The Cascade Bridge, a wide arch, thrown across an awful

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Railroad travel
Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)


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