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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

Somebody has said few people know how to travel. This may be so, but as there are several kinds of travelers, I presume each one would claim he best knew how to make a journey. Some people travel for business; some merely for the enjoyment of going abroad; and others to observe, learn, and gather the full harvest of pleasure and information. The latter are called the people who know how to travel.
The pioneer was not a traveler in the full sense of the word. He was emigrating—removing from one state to another for the purpose of residence. He had to find a way to travel, or make one. It was an earnest business with him, and to its accomplishment things of minor importance must yield. Did he seek for pleasure, it was lost in the sore trials and calamities that befell him by the way. Did he desire to learn by observation, he found himself put to his wits' end, to devise a way to get by an impassable mud-hole, or over a broad marsh cut up into a hotch-potch, by the passage of heavy-loaded wagons over it; or to get around a swamp, or to invent means to extricate his wagon from the mire. And finally, did. he seek enjoyment in "musing over the charming scenery along his route, it was shaken out of him while riding over a corduroy road. Yet, through all these trials, haps and mishaps that befell him, the emigrant enjoyed journeying through these beautiful regions. The natural picturesque ness of the country, its surface so charmingly diversified with forest land and opening, hill and prairie, marshland, lake and stream; and above all, the hope of soon reaching the spot in this land that he could call his own, buoyed him up and cheered him on in his pilgrimage from day to day.

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