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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 Dela-
ware.     How grand, how savagely wild, mountains
on mountains aspiring heaven wards, thousands upon
thousands of blackened tree stumps, crags, cliffs
and awful precipieses, wide wild gorges, forests
of bared hemlocks & pines.    Snow, ice, water
and mist about them.    Savage winter holding indis-
puted sway,  nor hut nor sign of habitation, save
perchance some wretched ruined shanty, rotting by the
ice-bound water.       Before and behind ranges of moun-
tain 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
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes his train journey to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-12-28
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.