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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1854 Travel Routes
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 21:38:25 -0600
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As would I.

Bill Karr in Peoria, IL., USA

----- Original Message -----
From:
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2007 14:35
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1854 Travel Routes
To:

> Hello,
> I would be interested in receiving a copy of the map as I am
> having a tough time mapping my family's travel routes.
> Thank you
> Kathy
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> To:
> Sent: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 9:37 AM
> Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1854 Travel Routes
>
>
> I have a jpeg map showing travel routes from the east to
> Wisconsin in
> 1854. Email me if you want me to send you a copy.
>
> By the mid 1830s settlers were on their way to Milwaukee
> and
> environs. My County Cork Irish came from Massachusetts and
> the
> routing was Albany, NY, Buffalo, NY, across Lake Erie,
> overland
> through Michigan, and around the bottom of Lake Michigan to
> Chicago.
> Another routing was by the Great Lakes, once on Lake Erie. This
> would
> have taken much longer. By the 1840s there were steamboats that
> made
> regular stops at Detroit, Mackinac, Sheboygan and on to
> Milwaukee,
> eventually to Chicago. Wisconsin was a territory then. Land was
> cheap
> and economic conditions in Massachusetts for the Irish were poor.
>
> I have Canadians who arrived in Chicago in the 1880s. Their
> ancestors
> came to (Upper Canada) Ontario in 1830. They came to Chicago
> for
> work. Chicago was going through a great economic boom at that
> time
> and the Canadian economy was depressed. By that time travel was
> by
> train the whole way.
>
> If you know where your ancestors were and when they came to
> Chicago
> you will often find an economic reason. Many Irish settled the
> near
> southwest side of the city because of the building of the
> Illinois
> and Michigan canal. Depressions occurred often in the late
> 1800s.
> Once thriving businesses like the mills in New England closed.
> There
> was a huge building boom after the Chicago Fire.
>
> It is helpful to know the history.
>
> JHG
>
>
>
>
>
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