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New Ulm
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20 Oct

New Ulm

{:en}No, not the sister city in Bavaria - the Minnesota edition! New Ulm, Minnesota is probably one of the most German towns in America - not least because their great marketing efforts, who are cl...
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Boundary Waters
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18 Oct

Boundary Waters

{:en}As long as I had told my friend Bill about my visit to the US, he talked about taking me on a wilderness trip. So here I had arrived in Minneapolis, and after some last minute shopping (I needed ...
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Bismarck
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18 Oct

Bismarck

{:en}No, this article will not talk about the first chancellor of Germany, even if the city was named after him and he shares the first name with my great-great-grandfather. Bismarck is the capital...
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Farewell Bozeman
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12 Oct

Farewell Bozeman

{:en}Three and a half week seemed to be plenty of time for my research in and exploration of Bozeman. But like always, time was not enough. There are still things I have on my to-do list, which only m...
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Montana from above
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12 Oct

Montana from above

{:en}Lone Peak expedition The lone peak is really lonely and did remind me of the lonely mountain from the Hobbit! It is located in Big Sky, which is not too far from Bozeman - it is a giant skires...
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Yellowstone National Park
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12 Oct

Yellowstone National Park

{:en}Going to the Yellowstone National Park from Bozeman is like going to the Black Forest from Stuttgart. Its a day trip - no big deal. Sure enough, my host Mike told me on my first day that "we are ...
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Life in the Wild West
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5 Sep

Life in the Wild West

{:en}Although I was dedicated to do research and visit Otto's places in Bozeman, I also spent some time doing "normal" things and enjoyed the summer life in the city. On the farmer's market I met Stel...
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Otto’s Farm
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28 Aug

Otto’s Farm

{:en}A Miracle - the Farm! When I started planning this adventure and my visit to Bozeman, the one thing I was one hundred percent sure of was that there was absolutely no way that the farm still e...
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Otto’s Bozeman
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27 Aug

Otto’s Bozeman

{:en}Downton Bozeman - Main street After having done the research at the Gallatin History Museum, I wanted to go out and see the places that Otto had seen and described in his memoires. The most obvi...
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Meeting Otto’s friends
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16 Aug

Meeting Otto’s friends

{:en}Research in Bozeman I had written my very first email to the Gallatin History Museum (back then still namend Pioneer Museum) on the 25th of December 2012. Rachel Phillips answered only 2 days ...
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Arrival in Bozeman
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4 Aug

Arrival in Bozeman

{:en}I had met the wonderful Joal and Harlan at the Victorian Ball where they had offered me a ride to Bozeman on sunday night. After exploring Virginia City for the day I met them in the late afterno...
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Virginia City
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1 Aug

Virginia City

{:en}Virginia City was a stagecoach stop on the route from Dillon to Bozeman (and on the way back). My great-great-grandfather had to spend the night because they had missed their connecting stagecoac...
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Salt Lake City
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26 Jul

Salt Lake City

{:en}I came to Salt Lake City because my great-great-grandfather Otto decided to visit the city on his way back from Bozeman to New York City in February 1882 [Read here]. He also describes seeing the...
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Denver – Salt Lake City by train
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18 Jul

Denver – Salt Lake City by train

{:en}After many train adventures the train ride from Denver to Salt Lake City was the first I experienced with a friend. The route from Denver to Salt Lake City is not anymore the same as in 1881, ...
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Denver
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11 Jul

Denver

{:en}My great-great-grandfather had only a stopover in Denver, but I decided to visit the city and my friend Katie, whom I studied with in my Master program. Finding Barmen in Colorado During our ...
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Kansas City – Denver
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30 Jun

Kansas City – Denver

{:en}Kansas City - Omaha Unlike Otto in 1881, I was not able to go from Kansas City to Denver directly. I had to take a Greyhound bus from Kansas City to Omaha, Nebraska, where I would hit the Califo...
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Arabia Steamboat Museum
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28 Jun

Arabia Steamboat Museum

{:en}Although Otto only had a short stopover in Kansas City, I decided to spend a few days in the city - which I did not regret. Right on the first day we went on a timetravelling trip in the A...
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My 12 hours among the Amish
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28 Jun

My 12 hours among the Amish

{:en}Preparing the visit For the next days I was preparing for my visit to the Amish family near Kansas City. I rented a car, as it was about a 1.5 hour drive and there was absolutely no public tra...
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Meeting the Amish
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27 Jun

Meeting the Amish

{:en}Prior to my trainride from Chicago to Kansas city I had seen Amish people during my other train rides, but for some reason, this time it was different. When I saw an Amish family just a few rows ...
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Chicago-Kansas City
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26 Jun

Chicago-Kansas City

{:en}I left Chicago on May 29th on another Amtrak train, the Southwest Chief headed to Kansas City. Just a few minutes outside of Chicago, the midwest really unfolded. Wide open spaces with verdant la...
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German Chicago
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23 Jun

German Chicago

{:en}Lincoln Square Chicago's German side can be best explored in the neighbourhood of Lincoln Square. It's about 30 Minutes from downtown Chicago by the brown line - stop "Western". DANK Haus...
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Chicago
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21 Jun

Chicago

{:en}On his way to Montana, my great-great-grandfather Otto stopped in Chicago to visit his brother Rudolph and to earn some more money for the onward journey. He stayed for about 4 weeks in July 1881...
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Niagara Falls
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11 Jun

Niagara Falls

{:en}The Niagara Falls are the reason I am on this journey. When reading about his visit to the Niagara Falls in July 1881, I had the idea to recreate his journey. I had seen the Falls during my st...
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Brooklyn & Beer
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8 Jun

Brooklyn & Beer

{:en}Brooklyn Brewery The day started with a visit of the more recent revitalization of Brooklyn's beer-making history: the visit of the Brooklyn Brewery. After a free tour (roughtly 30 minutes), o...
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New York City Highlights
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4 Jun

New York City Highlights

{:en}As this was the first time in New York City for my mother (I had been a few days in 2005 with my highschool-class), we wanted to see the highlights of New York city. After the lunch at the con...
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9/11 Memorial
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4 Jun

9/11 Memorial

{:en}We decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial and the Museum right next to it. After downloading the audio-guide-app (German available!) via the free wifi we started the tour - and underground we went. ...
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Tenement Museum
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4 Jun

Tenement Museum

{:en}We decided to visit the Tenement Museum, an absolutely beautiful Museum about the various immigrants and their lifes in New York. They restored the tenement building of 87 Orchard street which no...
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Meeting the Consul General
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3 Jun

Meeting the Consul General

{:en}On my first day in New York City, we were invited to meet the Consul General Mrs. Wagener at the German Consulate General New York for Lunch. We really enjoyed this and I learned that almost half...
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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29 May

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

{:en}As we had checked out early from Queen Mary 2, we had most of the day to explore New York City. As I still had my dress on (and decided to keep it on for the day), the best fit seemed to be a vis...
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The arrival
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26 May

The arrival

{:en}After one week at sea, we were finally happy that we would se land again and of course were excited about the arrival at the Harbor of New York - yet anxious if we would have a good view or if we...
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The crossing
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23 May

The crossing

{:en}One of the first things we learned was that this was neither a ship, nor were we on a cruise. This was an ocean liner and we were on a crossing. Eating, eating, eating One of the first things...
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To the new world
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21 May

To the new world

{:en}On May 10th the day of the departure was finally there. After a short night we got up at 5 a.m. to walk down to the harbour to see Queen Mary 2 arrive. At 5:48 a.m. she became visible and direclt...
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Port to the New World – Bremerhaven
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19 May

Port to the New World – Bremerhaven

{:en}The Saturday was dedicated to the emmigration and the crossing to the new world. I went from Bremen to Bremerhaven by train in about 1.5 hours and continued by bus to the German Emigration Center...
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The historical journey begins
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18 May

The historical journey begins

{:en}The departure from Barmen had arrived - on the 6th of May. Like my great-great-grandfather, I chose the departure time for 10:36 (he had left at 10:07). Read my great-great-grandfather's diary...
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Visit of Wuppertal-Barmen
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10 May

Visit of Wuppertal-Barmen

{:en}Who would have thought yes, the idea of this trip is to look for traces of my ancestor, but who would have thought that you're actually finding something? Visit of Wuppertal The day already ...
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Departure for the great adventure
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9 May

Departure for the great adventure

{:en}Finally...finally I was starting the big trip, after all the preparations. On wednesday, my mother drove me to the trainstation in my hometown Vaihingen/Enz. One would think that I would have bee...
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How to pack when you are taking a historic dress with you!
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9 May

How to pack when you are taking a historic dress with you!

{:en}Read here how I packed for the 6 months trip including my historic outfit with hat and umbrella. The first question I was asked often was: "How are you transporting this dress?". To be honest,...
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The 1880 dress
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13 Apr

The 1880 dress

{:en}During the 6-month journey in my great-great-grandfathers’ steps, I will be wearing (not all the time!) a dress in the style of 1880 – here is why. It’s funny how „the dress“ is one of the mos...
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Off the beaten path, not in any guidebook and 100% authentic
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17 Jan

Off the beaten path, not in any guidebook and 100% authentic

When we travel we constantly search for authentic experiences, for routes off the beaten path and places that are not in any guidebook. The reality is that there are no such places. The world has bee...
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1880-82 Otto’s diary

Here you can see an overview over Otto’s diary from his journey in 1880-1882 with links to the published parts of the diary.

Chapter 1: December 1880 – Germany & the crossing

1.1. Start of the journey, Barmen to Bremen
1.2. The crossing, Bremerhaven to New York City

Chapter 2: December 1880 – June 1881: New York City & Newark

2.1. First days in New York City
2.2. The detective
2.3. Jobhunt & networking
2.4. Christmas & New Year’s Eve
2.5. Worklife & the daugthers of the principal
2.6. Free time
2.7. Philadelphia
2.8. Knights of Phytias & trip to Patterson
2.9. Pentecost – trip on the Hudson

Chapter 3: June – August 1881: Departure from New York via Chicago to Bozeman

3.1. Leaving for the West, New York City via Niagara Falls to Chicago
3.2. Chicago
3.3. Chicago – Kansas City – Denver
3.4. Denver – Ogden
3.5. Ogden – Virginia City
3.6. Virginia City – Bozeman

Chapter 4: August 1881 – January 1882: Bozeman

4.1. Arrival in Bozeman
4.2. First hunt
4.3. Geeting wood
4.4. The Telegram & bear spoors
4.5. Setting up the tannery & Bear Killing near Bozeman
4.6. The first tanner of Montana
4.7. Jack of all trades
4.8. Indians!
4.9. Hunting and life on the farm
4.10. The 4 day horse trapping
4.11. Winter in Bozeman
4.12. Brother Rudolf arrives at the farm
4.13. 19 bear hides
4.14. Looking for a job
4.15. Hunting with the farmer
4.16. Moving to the Kopp family
4.17. Working for the Kopp family
4.18. Christmas 1881
4.19. January 1882 – the last month in Bozeman

Chapter 5: February 1882 – Return from Bozeman to Barmen

5.1. Bozeman – Dillon
5.2. Salt Lake City
5.3. Ogden – Grand Island
5.4. Omaha – New York City
5.5. Last days in New York City
5.6. New York City – Barmen

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