The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 68
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pace to keep the stage from sliding around ahead of his horses.
We travelled all night.
Friday [March] 18th. Ground frozen and roads very bad, pas-
sengers all quiet tho' and disposed to be friendly, one offered to
exchange places with me and let me go inside but I thanked him
and declined-ice and snow disappeared during the day leaving
the roads very much cut up and muddy, and we got along very
slow. Passed through rather a rough and poor country until 10
or 12 Miles of Pittsburgh when the country began to get better,
a beautiful view of the surrounding country when within about 8
miles of Pittsburg as the road winds around among the hills.
When near the city we found the roads crouded with big teams.
At last we came in sight of one dark mass of black smoke which
I soon distinguished as the city by the few steeples and buildings
[which] could be seen through the smoke. We put up at the
Exchange a very extensive house but they don't set a very good
table. Pittsburgh is a very important and enterprizing city hav-
ing a large number of Iron foundries and Cotton and other fac-
tories and general business and is a point at which most passen-
gers from the East take steamers for down the River. It is very
disagreeable on account of the great quantities of bituminous coal
used there. The buildings are all black from smoke as well as
everything else. Went through the markets which are good.
every body men women and children vieing with each other try-
ing to, sell their own. Did not have time to visit the manufac-
tures as two boats start in the morning.
Saturday [March 19]. took passage in the steamboat Dayton
bound for St. Louis. at 11 A. M. passed the Washington while
wooding which after we had stopped to land a passenger came in
sight again, when we had a long and exciting race. All the pas-
sengers taking as much interest as tho' they had money up, but
at last she passed us; it was somewhat dangerous running at full
speed as the river was full of ice. We waited a[t] Beaver 2-
hours for a pilot, when we started on again., We overtook and
passed the Washington during the night, she having laid up at
Sunday [March 20] passed Marietta a very pretty place near
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