A Fashionable Tour Through the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi: The 1852 Journal of Juliette Starr Dana

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It was extremely uncommon, if not unheard of, for a woman to travel without an escort in 1850s America for her own pleasure. Railroads did not yet reach the Mississippi, rapids barred ships from Lake Superior, and American Indians still inhabited the frontier. Traveling from New York City to Lake Superior's shores, the Mississippi River, and the newly created Minnesota Territory was most definitely not the ideal vacation—or was it?

A Fashionable Tour Through the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi is the complete daily journal written by Juliette Star Dana, a 35-year-old wife and mother, during her nine-week "pleasure" tour over three thousand miles of the United States in the summer of 1852. Traveling the frontier roads of rivers and lakes with only a female companion and her teenage son, Juliette sought the scenic waterfalls and shorelines along with such man-made sights as copper and lead mines, factories, military posts, and a prison. Juliette chronicles these places and the people therein—American Indians, soldiers, lawyers, and politicians—with engrossing detail, and also describes the journey’s numerous hardships of accidents, vermin, sickness, and disease.

This one-of-a-kind journal offers the reader rare glimpses of the bustling and booming pre-Civil War United States with a brisk voice not often heard in travel writing of this time. Additional features of this journal include an itemized list of the tour's cost, biographical and historical research notes by Juliette Starr Dana’s great-great-grandson David T. Dana III, and an introduction by Brain Dunnigan. Historians, women's studies scholars, Great Lakes tourists, and general readers alike will find this book an insightful, informative, and enchanting read.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814332054
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Great Lakes Bks.
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 "Worth a pilgrimage" : July 15-July 20, New York State 9
Ch. 2 "The mad tumult" : July 21-July 23, Niagara 15
Ch. 3 "Lost in the distance" : July 23-July 28, Lakes Erie and Huron, Detroit 23
Ch. 4 "A fatiguing scramble" : July 28-July 31, Mackinac 29
Ch. 5 "Wild looking places" : August 1-August 2, Sault Ste. Marie 35
Ch. 6 "Boundary of civilization" : August 4-August 15, Lake Superior" 41
Ch. 7 "Very rough" : August 16-August 22, Lake Michigan, Mackinac, and Chicago 65
Ch. 8 "Presenting new beauties" : August 23-August 25, Galena 71
Ch. 9 "Imps of Satan" : August 26-August 29, Upper Mississippi River 75
Ch. 10 "Beautifully situated" : August 30-August 31, St. Paul and St. Anthony 81
Ch. 11 "A good stateroom" : September 1-September 11, Mississippi River and St. Louis 89
Ch. 12 "Grand and romantic scenery " : September 11-September 17, Ohio River and New York 101
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