08 March 2013

How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?



Source: http://image1.masterfile.com/em_w/04/78/39/400-04783948w.jpg
Nowadays when we think of traveling we figure how long might it take us if we drive, take a bus, take a ferry, travel by train, or fly.

When our ancestors were moving from place-to-place, most of these modes of transportation were not an option. Many traveled by foot, horse, wagon, ship, etc.

Never mind inhospitable weather, unfriendly individuals and other hazards.

source: http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/resources/mvgw/images/erie_canal_packet_boat-300.jpg 
An article How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? really gives some perspective on “how long” it used to take to travel in the U.S.  As a person who thinks nothing of driving for a day to get to the warm beaches of FL or the cool weather of Canada, for fun, and whose longest train trip was from Chicago to CA, it’s hard to imagine weeks on the road!

Some related topics include:


Do you have any neat resources about how and how long our ancestors traveled?

Is there a neat travel story in your family?




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Follow NGS via Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com