[APG Public List] Kentucky travel early 1800s

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Sun Mar 27 19:07:51 MDT 2011


 I forgot to include the date-the travels were in 1837

 

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 It is interesting, my gg grandfather traveled 37 days with a party of 18 in wagons from Herkimer County NY to Eaton County, MI.

 

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Thank you, Barbara. The accounts from diaries that you and a few others have offered give interesting insights. Regarding water vs. land, I think most people would guess that river transport was cheaper than land. I suppose that the cost of building a raft or boat was one factor.  As for people returning to Virginia via the Wilderness Road, that makes sense to me because upstream on the Ohio would be a challenge.
 
For those interested in this subject, a map in C. O. Paulin, Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, shows travel times from New York in 1880.
 
- central Virginia, 7 days
- western Virginia, 3 weeks
- Kentucky via the Ohio, 3 weeks
- KY Bluegrass via Cumberland Gap, 3+ weeks
 
One's travel speed would obviously depend on the size of the party and what belongings people carried.
 
In a message dated 3/27/2011 3:49:54 P.M. Central Daylight Time, bvlittle at earthlink.net writes:
River travel was more   expensive. Francis Taylor's diaries note the move of his kin with livestock   and slaves to Kentucky by traveling north from Orange County (central Piedmont   Virginia) and then down the Ohio; however, when they made return trips for   business it was via the Wilderness Road.
  
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