John Burrows Travels

Reading: John McDowell Burrows, Fifty Years in Iowa (Davenport, Iowa, 1888), Chapters 1, 2, 9, 14, 23-26, 33-34 (corresponding to pages 1-11, 33-36, 52-57, 92-105, 125-132) In chapter 26 of his memoir, John Barrows mentions that he traveled with his wife to Steubenville, Ohio and then on to Albany and New York, New York.  The first leg of his voyage (Davenport, Iowa, to Steubenville, Ohio) occurred by steamboat.   The second leg (Steubenville to Albany, New York) involved railroads.  Your task is to re-construct his voyage using contemporary maps and a travel guide.  Part I. Write a letter or series of diary entries recounting Burrows's journey by water.  (You can write as Burrows, his wife, or another traveler taking the same trip).  Burrows and his wife traveled down the Mississippi River from Davenport, Iowa to Ohio City in a steamboat; then switched to another steamboat at Ohio City to travel up the Ohio River to Steubenville.  Describe two things (settlements or natural features) that they/you saw on the Mississippi River and two more that they/you saw on the Ohio River.  Consult the contemporary travel guide listed below for maps of the rivers and descriptions of all the cities and towns that travelers passed.  Suggested sites: Nauvoo (page 17), Devil’s Bake Oven (p. 28) on the Mississippi River; Louisville (page 116, map 111) and Steubenville (page 94) on the Ohio River. Travel guide: U. P. James, James’; River Guide Containing Descriptions of all  the Cities, Towns, and Principal Objects of Interests on the Navigable Waters of the Mississippi Valley (Cincinnati, 1857) )   Part II. Burrows and his family traveled from Steubenville, Ohio to Albany, New York by railroad.  What route did they take?  Consult the railroad maps listed below to re-construct this part of their trip.

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