William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Journal of a Trip from Kingston, Ontario, to Cincinnati, Ohio, 1820
Meg Hixon, October 2011
Journal of a trip from Kingston, Ontario, to Cincinnati, Ohio
The Journal of a trip from Kingston, Ontario, to Cincinnati, Ohio, recounts a traveler's experiences during a journey that took him through New York and Pennsylvania in February and March 1820.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Journal of a Trip from Kingston, Ontario, to Cincinnati, Ohio, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
During the early 19th century, travelers within in the United States and Canada relied primarily on stagecoaches and water transportation. Roads were often poor and became impassable in bad weather, while the natural courses of rivers and other waterways predetermined many of the available routes. Utilizing a combination of overland and water-based means, a traveler from Ontario could arrive in southern Ohio in about three weeks.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Journal of a trip from Kingston, Ontario, to Cincinnati, Ohio, recounts a traveler's experiences during a journey that took him through New York and Pennsylvania in February and March 1820. The traveler embarked on February 24, 1820, and immediately encountered icy, rough roads and other difficulties. He noted machinery he saw on the Canadian countryside. After crossing into New York, the author visited Albany, where he observed the state legislature (February 28, 1820), and New York City. The author initially found Pennsylvania "very dull" (March 4, 1820), but later enjoyed the western countryside, despite being prevented from traveling on one Sunday when he found himself in an area where the population observed strict religious rules (March 12, 1820). On March 17, 1820, the diarist boarded a Cincinnati-bound boat, whose crew told "a great Number of Anecdotes of the late War & [portentously] of the Rascally treatment they received when prisoners." Many entries pertain to anecdotes about traveling companions and lodgings. An account of "Articles Bot" is in the back of the volume.
- Albany (N.Y.)
- New York (State)--Description and travel.
- Ontario--Description and travel.
- Pennsylvania--Description and travel.