Wilderness in the City: Summer Writing Tour: Ellet’s Ramblings & Thoreau’s Notes


“The Minnesota River is always a bender. Long may she wave.”  A reporter aboard the Franklin Steele, 1861


Ellet’s journey in 1852 was arranged by a New York newspaper whose interest was in a series of articles with a sensationalist telling of the expansion of the Western Territories, its habitat, natives, settlers and the rail and river journey, getting there and back. Her trip was described as Fashionable Tourism, resulting in an expose of the new western expansion printed in newspaper and journal articles and her book, “Summer Rambles in the West,” published in 1853.