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Author White, John H., 1933-

Title Wet britches and muddy boots : a history of travel in Victorian America / John H. White, Jr
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 512 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Railroads past & present
Railroads past and present.
Contents Transportation for hire: from human burden to taxis -- Down that long and dusty road : stagecoach travel in America -- The omnibus : travel for all citizens -- Streetcars : that most democratic conveyance -- Ferryboats : crossing the rivers and bays -- Canals : the low and slow way to go -- River steamers : white swans on the inland rivers -- Lake steamers : on the inland sea -- Coastal and sound steamers : close to shore -- Ocean sail : at the mercy of the wind -- Ocean steam : the triumph of technology -- Emigrant travel : a nation of nations -- Passenger trains : coach class -- Passenger trains : first class -- Appendix : Travel words and tales
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Transportation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Travel -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Smerk, George M.
LC no. 2011044593
ISBN 0253005582 (electronic bk.)
9780253005588 (electronic bk.)