Episode 2: Are We There Yet?

Transportation in the 19th century was quite different from today. No planes or automobiles were available for long-distance travel. While new, faster modes of transportation were being invented and tested in populated areas, the Adirondack region was years behind. Take a step back in time with this episode to the days of long, arduous travel to get to places that we now consider to be close.

Seneca Ray Stoddard. North Creek Station, Adirondack Railroad, Blue Mountain Coach, 1888 (P009534)

Header Image: F. Holley, North Creek, Indian Lake, Blue Mt Lake Stagecoach, c. 1890 (P000604)

Connecting To Curriculum

Read aloud: Students can follow along while listening. Click HERE to download a copy of the transcript.

Vocabulary: Explore new words. Students listen to high-level vocabulary in context. Have them identify the definition afterward. Click HERE for the vocabulary page.

Geography Are We There Yet? is all about getting from one place to another.

  1. Map all the places that are mentioned. Click HERE for the places activity page.
  2. Click HERE to view a Google Earth Tour of the trip. Have students create their own trips into the wilderness on digital or paper maps.
  3. For 3rd grade: Listen to the episode as an extension of the Where Are We? Social Studies Inquiry unit.
  4. For 4th grade: Listen to the episode as an extension of the Does It Matter Where You Live? Social Studies Inquiry unit.W.H.H. Murray’s book Adventures in the Wilderness is credited with starting the trend for the average person to go on vacation. Why didn’t the middle class take vacations before that time? What things were happening that made this change possible?

Questions

Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.

  1. What was the Transcontinental Railroad? Why were people so excited by the building of the Transcontinental Railroad?
  2. W.H.H. Murray’s book “Adventures in the Wilderness” is credited with starting the trend of going on vacation for the average person. Why didn’t people have vacations before that time? What things were happening that made this change possible?
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