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A Long Jaunt, 1896

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A Long Jaunt, 1896

Posted: 11 Apr 2004 9:27PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Dixon
A Long Jaunt

Sunday morning a young man, eighteen years of age, named Logan DIXON, passed through our city en route to Pulaski, Tenn. He hailed from Phoenix, Wyoming, about eight miles south of National Park, and had traveled the entire distance on a wheel. He had covered the distance so far in eighteen days, but as his cyclometer had been broken by accident soon after starting he could only give a record of the first few days run, which he said averagd ninety six miles per day. He stated that some years since he was injured in a stampede of horses, and had been unable to work much since, and that the most of his time was spent in traveling around upon a wheel, and that he had been all over the West, and had concluded to visit relatives in Tennessee.
He was much surprised to find this country so thickly inhabited and with churches and school houses so numerous. Schools, he stated, were very scarce in his section and churches very rare indeed, nearly all the preachers being "latter day saints," whom he said both preached and practiced polygamy. He was greatly astonished that each of our citizens was not encompassed with a belt containing two big pistols and expressed great pleasure at their peaceable and friendly demeanor. The price of a horse in this country fairly took his breath. He said his father had over five hundred head of horses and of these a man could have pick and choice for one dollar each. After spending an hour or so in conversation, he mounted his wheel and resumed his journey to the picturesque hills of Tennessee. (Source: Earlington (Ky.) Bee, Thur., July 9, 1896)

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