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22.  Thursday.   By 4 or 5 in the morning we are lying off Cleve-
land, and many passengers have gone ashore.  It is a misty, raw mor-
ning, as I look forth from my cabin-window on long wharfs stretching
out on either side, between which on muddily yellowish water ride vessels
of varying sorts and sizes.  Stir and turmoil and bustle everywhere.
After much progression athwart and about docks, and more retrogression I
at 7 effect a landing, and walk into the town  below the hill.   Through
a dirty street with pigs in gutter & Germans & Irish at the doors of
squalid pot-houses until after five minutes walk I arrived at the
Railroad Depot.      Across multitudinous iron tracks to here great sheds
& puffing locomotives intimate busy travel-work, and at a wide orchid
space, (its further end a pier surrounded by the tossing lake-water;)  I
there make inquiry touching the departure of the cars for Columbus: also
breakfasting.          Some delay, & finding the Superintendant, while he
is franking me, the 8 o clock cars & Express train move on   leaving me
two hours to look at Cleveland.   So stowing away carpet-bag I
stroll on, & mounting up the sloping sides of the hill on which the
better parts of the town stands, take a view of it.    Cleveland &
Ohio City, seperated but by a little river, which has produced the absurdity
of making these two one, (  people who live adjacent with water betwixt
 em always hate one another:) are margined by curving bays & the broad
lake.         Looking on thus & the busy streets & outstretching wharf I am
greeted by another  Pacific  acquaintance.  An elderly man, Brown or
Smith (I scarce recollect which no name t was,)  who stopped at
Sault Ste Marie, going up.    He directs me & we part.    Down, (or up,)
Superior Street, worthy of the name, the crack street of Cleveland.   A
wide one, great hotels, fine stores, equal to New York, handsome buildings
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes exploring Cleveland, Ohio, while waiting for a train to Columbus.
Date:1853-09-22
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cleveland, [Ohio]
Coverage (Street):Superior Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.