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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 we 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.


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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 we 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    I haven't finished this book, but it was excellent. I especially curious about river and canal transportation, and this book has it, detailing early ferryboat, etc. I had never guessed that before the steam engine came, they use horses to power the boat. It was fascinating. This book not only offers information about the transportation itself but also how the society norm back then. My only complaint is, I wish the author include some maps. Honestly, I was quite lost as to where is where, but reg I haven't finished this book, but it was excellent. I especially curious about river and canal transportation, and this book has it, detailing early ferryboat, etc. I had never guessed that before the steam engine came, they use horses to power the boat. It was fascinating. This book not only offers information about the transportation itself but also how the society norm back then. My only complaint is, I wish the author include some maps. Honestly, I was quite lost as to where is where, but regardless this book is definitely worth the buy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    What an excellent resource for anyone writing an historical novel. Any questions you may have had about American transportation in the 19th century are sure to be answered here. Lots of interesting illustrations, too.

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