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Stagecoach and Tavern Tales of the Old Northwest
by Harry Ellsworth Cole
edited by Louise Phelps Kellogg
introduction by Patrick J. Brunet
Southern Illinois University Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-8093-2125-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8263-7
Library of Congress Classification GT3805.7.C65 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 394.12


One journalist curious about life in the taverns along the stagecoach lines in Wisconsin and northern Illinois from the early 1800s until the 1880s was Harry Ellsworth Cole. While he could not sample strong ales at all of the taverns he wrote about, Cole did study newspaper accounts, wrote hundreds of letters to families of tavern owners, read widely in regional history, and traveled extensively throughout the territory. The result, according to Brunet, is a "nostalgic, sometimes romantic, well-written, and easily digested social history."

At Cole’s death, historian Louise Phelps Kellogg edited his manuscript, which in this case involved turning his notes and illustrations into a book and publishing it with the Arthur H. Clark Company in 1930.

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