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Book/Printed Material Journal of a trip to Michigan in 1841,

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  • Journal of a trip to Michigan in 1841,


  • This brief journal, written for the author's wife and father, describes a three- week trip from Rochester, New York to southern Michigan by way of the Great Lakes. Swan's business seems to have been the manufacture of soda water, and he visited some drug stores in Detroit in order to promote his wares. After a brief stop in Ypsilanti, he spent the weekend in Ann Arbor, where he attended church. He then took a stage for Jackson, Marshall and the Genesee Prairies (near Kalamazoo), where he visited a sister and brother. In Michigan he also stopped at Summerville, Niles, La Porte Prairie, White Pidgeon Prairie, Clinton, and Saline. Swan writes enthusiastically about the prairies' wildflowers and abundant natural beauty, and describes life aboard Great Lakes steamers in some detail. He also voices candid opinions about women, food, and the discomforts of travel.


  • Swan, L. B. (Lansing B.), 1809-1861.

Created / Published

  • Rochester, 1904.


  • -  Michigan--Description and travel


  • -  Two hundred copies printed for George P. Humphrey, Rochester, NY, of which this is no. 63.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.


  • 53, [1] p. 14 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • F566 .S97

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 04033633

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  • pdf

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Swan, L. B. Journal of a trip to Michigan in. Rochester, 1904. Pdf.

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Swan, L. B. (1904) Journal of a trip to Michigan in. Rochester. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Swan, L. B. Journal of a trip to Michigan in. Rochester, 1904. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.