[APG Public List] Fwd: Kentucky travel early 1800s

David Suddarth dwsuddarth at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 08:20:55 MDT 2011

Hi Jay

I know I am coming to this a bit late, but the book Running Mad for
Kentucky: Frontier Travel Accounts, edited by Ellen Eslinger is very
interesting and informative. It is put out by the University Press of

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

 Know Your Roots They are Long and Strong!

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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.

 Know Your Roots They are Long and Strong!

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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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</elissa at powellgenealogy.com>

Barbara Vines Little, CG

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