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1881: Winter in Bozeman
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30 Aug

1881: Winter in Bozeman

{:en}Outside the winter had completely arrived. The snow proved to stay steady until the next spring. From October 30 until my departure that followed in the beginning of February, I experienced a win...
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1881: The four-day horse trapping
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30 Aug

1881: The four-day horse trapping

{:en}One day, it was October 26, the Farmer discovered that a number of his horses on the meadows were missing. A friend claimed to have seen them somewhere in the mountains not far from the Yellowsto...
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1881: Hunting and the Life on the Farm
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30 Aug

1881: Hunting and the Life on the Farm

{:en}The next Sunday, it was October 2nd, another bear was spotted close to the slaughter house as Kopp told us who visited the farm. On his invitation to go out hunting, the farmer’s wife gave me a g...
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1881: Indians
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30 Aug

1881: Indians

{:en}On Monday, September 26, I wanted to go to town. Mrs. Gottschalk offered me to use her husband’s horse and rifle, which I thankfully declined, even though we had heard that Indians supposedly res...
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1881: Jack of all trades
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30 Aug

1881: Jack of all trades

{:en}By then the time had come for the Farmer to prepare for his longer hunting trip in order to shoot enough game and stock up the meat supply for the long winter. On a gloomy fall day – it was the 2...
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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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1881: The first tanner of Montana
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20 Aug

1881: The first tanner of Montana

{:en}After I had tanned the first bear hide, and gave six dollars in tanner pay to the butcher Kopp, I soon won popularity in the small town and some Americans called me “The First Tanner of Montana”....
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1881: Setting up the Tannery
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18 Aug

1881: Setting up the Tannery

{:en}The next Sunday was a stormy and rainy day, which around here happens rather rarely. In Montana and its surrounding territories and states, including California, a dry climate prevails, which is ...
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1881: The Telegram & bear spoors
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18 Aug

1881: The Telegram & bear spoors

{:en}On August 27 we drove into town where I picked up my letters all of which were for my birthday which was already on the 10th. They were sent on from my brother in Chicago. The mail from Barmen us...
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1881: Getting wood at the Bridger Creek
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18 Aug

1881: Getting wood at the Bridger Creek

{:en}The farmer and I were on a first-name basis. Here, the overall interaction among the Germans was generally very familiar. Therefore, addressing someone the formal way was excluded. One day, Augus...
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1881: First time out hunting
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16 Aug

1881: First time out hunting

{:en}In the meantime I had become good friends with the young, only 20-year-old Wolferts in Bozeman. On a Sunday, it was the 21st of August, my friend picked me up from the farm early in the morning a...
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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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1881: Arrival in Bozeman
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8 Aug

1881: Arrival in Bozeman

{:en}August 11th, 1881 When I first arrived in Bozeman I was welcomed at the hotel by Rudolf Wolferts, the younger brother of my old schoolfellow Ludwig Wolferts. He escorted me to the Spieth &...
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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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1881: Virginia City – Bozeman
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2 Aug

1881: Virginia City – Bozeman

{:en}August 1881 The next day the journey already continues at four in the morning. Due to the steep path we have to leave the carriage and walk for one hour up a high hill. Then the carriage takes...
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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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1881: Ogden – Virginia City
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26 Jul

1881: Ogden – Virginia City

{:en}August 1881 Not before 6:30 pm can we continue our journey; it starts with the Utah- and Northern R.R. passing Salt Lake, its lonely shores being washed by salty waters. Bright moonlight shines ...
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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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1882: Salt Lake City
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19 Jul

1882: Salt Lake City

{:en}February 1882 After a so-so breakfast at the station [in Dillon, Montana], for which I pay 75 cents, I can finally take the ongoing train at 9:40 of the Utah & Northern Rail Road. The weat...
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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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1881: Denver – Ogden
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11 Jul

1881: Denver – Ogden

{:en}After a layover of 3 hours, we continue north through rough rocky areas up to the mountains. At the station of Colorado Junction in the state Wyoming, we already have reached a height of 6300 fee...
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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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1881: Chicago – Kansas City – Denver
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28 Jun

1881: Chicago – Kansas City – Denver

{:en}On August 2nd my brother accompanied me to the station, and I left Chicago on the midday train on the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy-Railroad. Albeit I took a so called „Emigrant Train“ - only 3...
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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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1881: Chicago
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25 Jun

1881: Chicago

{:en}4th of July, 1881 I was driven through festive decorated streets, where the northamerican star-spangled banner waved in countless flags in the wind, to the Turnhall [gym], where my brother Rud...
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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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1881: Departure for Niagara Falls & Chicago
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15 Jun

1881: Departure for Niagara Falls & Chicago

{:en}Spring 1881 - Departure from Newark to Chicago via the Niagara Falls The weeks went by filled with work and without any break or special events. In the meantime I had contacted a farmer living...
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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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The crossing – 1880
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10 May

The crossing – 1880

{:en}December 1880 A special train of the North German Lloyd took me to Bremerhaven on Sunday, 5th of December, at 7:30 in the morning, where I soon embarked on the “Donau” with my luggage. The ste...
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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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Start of the journey 1880
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6 May

Start of the journey 1880

{:en}Otto Dahl's journey to Amerika, Part 1 The actual motive for this journey was a severe dispute with my father, who told me shortly and succinctly that I should go to America and to earn my bread...
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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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