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.
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
As a person who thinks nothing of driving for
a day to get to the warm beaches of FL or the cool weather of U.S. Canada, for fun, and whose longest train trip
to CA, it’s hard to imagine weeks on the road! Chicago
Some related topics include:
- Historical Background on Traveling in the Early 19th Century
- Modes of Travel for Postal Workers - Migration Routes
- Voyages - emigrants on the ocean
- Emigration to USA and Canada
- Life On The Trail
Do you have any neat resources about how and how long our ancestors traveled?
Is there a neat travel story in your family?
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My son, Kevin J. Hayes, has written a book titled "An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887". The book is about a 21 year old newspaperman named George Nellis who rode his ordinary bicycle fromReplyDelete
Herkimer, NY to San Francisco, CA in 1887.