Wet Britches and Muddy Boots

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-22
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Transportation for Hire: From Human Burden to Taxisp. 3
Down That Long & Dusty Road: Stagecoach Travel in Americap. 21
The Omnibus: Travel for all Citizensp. 65
Streetcars: That Most Democratic Conveyancep. 87
Ferryboats: Crossing the Rivers and Baysp. 131
Canals: The Low & Slow Way to Gop. 155
River Steamers: White Swans on the Inland Riversp. 179
Lake Steamers: On the Inland Seap. 223
Coastal & Sound Steamers: Close to Shorep. 249
Ocean Sail: at the Mercy of the Windp. 297
Ocean Steam: The Triumph of Technologyp. 327
Emigrant Travel: A Nation of Nationsp. 371
Passenger Trains: Coach Classp. 407
Passenger Trains: First Classp. 447
Appendix: Travel Words & Talesp. 487
Indexp. 501
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