Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America

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Indiana University Press, Nov 22, 2012 - Transportation - 544 pages
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What was travel like in the 1880s? Was it easy to get from place to place? Were the rides comfortable? How long did journeys take? Wet Britches and Muddy Boots describes all forms of public transport from canal boats to oceangoing vessels, passenger trains to the overland stage. Trips over long distances often involved several modes of transportation and many days, even weeks. Baggage and sometimes even children were lost en route. Travelers might start out with a walk down to the river to meet a boat for the journey to a town where they caught a stagecoach for the rail junction to catch the train for a ride to the city. John H. White Jr. discusses not only the means of travel but also the people who made the system run-riverboat pilots, locomotive engineers, stewards, stagecoach drivers, seamen. He provides a fascinating glimpse into a time when travel within the United States was a true adventure.

 

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Contents

Transportation for Hire From Human Burden to Taxis
3
Down that Long Dusty Road Stagecoach Travel in America
21
The Omnibus Travel for all Citizens
65
Streetcars That Most Democratic Conveyance
87
Ferryboats Crossing the Rivers and Bays
131
Canals The Low Slow Way to Go
155
River Steamers White Swans on the Inland Rivers
179
Lake Steamers On the Inland Sea
223
Ocean Sail At the Mercy of the Wind
297
Ocean Steam The Triumph of Technology
327
Emigrant Travel A Nation of Nations
371
Passenger Trains Coach Class
407
Passenger Trains First Class
447
Travel Words Tales
487
Index
501
Copyright

Coastal Sound Steamers Close to Shore
249

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About the author (2012)

John H. White, Jr., is author of 13 books, including American Railroad Passenger Car, a nominee for the National Book Award. White was Curator for the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History from 1958 to 1990.

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