Passage to Chicago: Traveling the I & M Canal in 1860

Book by illustrator, mapmaker & historian, Tom Willcockson


Passage to Chicago: Traveling the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1860; an illustrated journey by Tom Willcockson

This book is an illustrated portrait of a week's journey on this forgotten American Waterway in the last months before the Civil War. A family travels 96 miles on a mule -drawn canal boat from the towns of LaSalle Peru on the Illinois River to the bustling city of Chicago, by the shores of Lake Michigan.

 Author & illustrator Tom Willcockson’s well-researched and gorgeously-detailed maps and illustrations in this 84-page book provide fascinating insights into a way of life few of us can imagine today.


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