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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 23 June 1820, page 2

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We the undersigned, passengers from Detroit to Mackina, in the Steam Boat Walk-in-the-water, Jedediah Rodgers, commander, think it proper to express the high satisfaction we have derived on our passage, from the convenience and measures of our accommodations; the variety and excellence of the provisions and liquors; the intelligence and prompt attention of the waiters; and especially, from the politeness and urbanity, of Capt. Rogers, and the order maintained by him in every department of the concerns of the boat. These terms of commendation express less than we feel on this occasion. To all gentlemen and ladies in our capital, and other towns, who are desirous of visiting these extensive inland seas, and the great variety of picturesque, beautiful and sublime views which they every where present to the eye of the intelligent traveller, we strongly recommend this conveyance; the best, we conceive, every yet devised by the ingenuity of man.

J. Morse, D.D.
Rev. R. C. Morse
A. Macomb. Maj. Gen.
Samuel Abott,
John E. Wood[?] Insp'r Gen. U.S.A.
Walter Thomson,
Shubael Conant.
John G. Camp
J. Solomons,
John Agnew,
Wm. Beaumont, Post Surg'n U.S.A.
Ramsey Crooks,
Lyman Warren.
Mackina, June 175h 1820.

The following directions for travellers from the eastward, to Mackina, Green Bay, Chicago, Prairie du Chien, St. Anthony Fallys, and St. Louis, were furnished from the useful pen of the Rev. J. Morse D.D. who is now at Mackina. They were transmitted thro' the politeness of Capt. J. Rodgers.

"From Boston to Norwich, by stage; thence to New-Haven, New-York and Albany, by steam-boats.--distance from Boston to Albany on this route, 390 miles--stage and steam-boat fare $20. From Albany to Utica, 96 miles, by stage; this is by far the most fatiguing part of the route. At Utica take the Canal Boat Montezuma, capt. Buss, (which has excellent accommodations) to Montezuma, 96 miles, fare $4; the passage is mad in 36 hours. You pass the celebrated Salt Works at Salina, 63 miles from Utica--an object highly worthy the traveller's attention. From Montezuma to the great stage road at Cayuga, private conveyance, 7 miles; thence in the stage, over the famous Cayuga bridge ( a mile long) through the thriving villages of Seneca, Waterloo and Geneva, 39 miles, to Canandaigua, the largest and most respectable town west of Utica; leaving on your left as you pass, the beautiful lakes of Cayuga, Seneca and Canandaigua.--From Canandaigua through East and West Bloomfield, Avon, Caledonia, Batavia, Pembroke and Clarence, to Buffalo, 88 miles; stage and private fare from Montezuma to Buffalo, $10. From Buffalo to Niagara Falls, 20 miles; it is best to cross Niagara river at Black Rock, 2 miles below Buffalo, to go down on the Canada side; and after viewing this stupendous cataract from Table Rock, on the west bank, to cross over at the foot of the falls to the east side; thence across Gen. Porter's ingeniously constructed bridge, to Goat Island, from which is another most interesting view of the Falls and of the awful descent of the waters above them. Returning on the east side of the river to Buffalo, take the Steam-Boat Walk-in-the-water, across lake Erie, viz.

To Erie, (formerly Presque Isle, 90 miles
Fair Port, (Grand River) 80
Cleveland 30
Sandusky 60
Put-in-Bay, (the harbor of Perry's fleet, near the scene of his battle and victory.)30
Detroit 30
Fare $15 320

From Detroit to Fort Gratiot, at the entrance of lake Huron, 80 miles, thence to Mackinq, 250 miles--Fare from Detroit to Mackina, $20. From Mackinq to the Saut of St. Mary's , the outlet of lake Superior, 80 miles. Drummond's Island, a great resort for the Indians, in possession of the British, is 45 miles above Mackina--conveyance can be had to the Saut by boats. From Mackina to Green Bay is 234 miles.--From Mackina to Chicago, 350 miles--conveyance may be had to those places in small trading vessels or boats. From Green Bay to Prairie du Chien, up Fox river and down Ouisconsin, by boats, 360 miles--thence, by boats up the Mississippi to St. Peter's, (five miles below St. Anthony's Falls,) 350 miles; thence back, down the Mississippi, to St. Louis, 350 miles.

The passage from Boston to Mackina may be made in fifteen days; the accommodations all the way excellent. The various scenery on this route, mingles the rich, the beautiful, and the sublime, probably, beyond what is to be found on any other route of equal distance, on the face of the globe.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 23 June 1820, page 2