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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 soli-
tary.     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,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Describes his railroad journey from New York to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-26
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
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.