Tuesday, January 26th, 1819
Thirteen miles beyond this, I entered the valley of Little Black River, a stream of clear water ninety feet wide, with a swift current. This is the principal south branch of Black River, and joins the main stream seven miles below. The alluvion on its banks is not extensive. Some improvements are however made, and the newness of the buildings, fences, and clearings, indicate here, as at every other inhabited part of the road for the last 100 miles, a recent and augmenting population. This is chiefly composed of emigrants from Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Two miles north of Little Black River I halted for the night, at an early hour, my foot giving symptoms of returning lameness. Distance fifteen miles.
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