The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lake Fare
Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI), 3 Jun 1843, p. 1

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Lake Fare.-- The price of passage in the steamers forming the Combination Line is a matter of great interest to the public. it is one under the decided conviction that low fares will better promote the interests of the proprietors of the lake steamers than high ones, and the public interests are therefore, as it seems to us happily blended with private. We understand that the fare from this city to Buffalo on the boats of the Association will be fifteen dollars -- some say fourteen. The latter is too much by two dollars. The times will not warrant this price, and it must prevent many from traveling, and induce persons to take the Southern or Ohio river route who otherwise would not do so. Twelve dollars seems to be a fair price, and at this rate we have no question that the difference would be more than made up by the increased travel. Under any circumstances, a high rate of fare checks traveling, while low rates encourage it, but in the present case it must be recollected that the Northern route to and from the East is placed, to a great extent in conflict with the Southern. It is not to be doubted that we can compete with the Southern successfully, but it is obvious that so to do we must resort to the course naturally presenting itself -- namely, that of holding out the proper and usual inducements.-- Chi. Express.

Westward.--The amount of steerage passage money paid on the 13th, to the Constitution, from Buffalo for Chicago, was upwards of $2,100.

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3 Jun 1843
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Lake Fare