Thursday, December 3, 2015

How Bad Was Purgatory?

THE VINCENNES WEEKLY WESTERN SUN  January 25, 1868

 A line of daily coaches carried the mail and passengers between the cities of Louisville and St. Louis in about four days. During the season of bad roads the difficulties of crossing the Purgatory Swamps on the Western side of Allison Prairie, became known to a large portion of the traveling public, and many an anxious inquiry have we heard from weary and worn-out travelers about the practicability of getting through that renowned place. This Swamp was, at times, almost impassable, and, when attempting it, the passengers, having been employed for the third or fourth time in prying the coach out of the mud, and sometimes the horses, too, many of them using language commonly attributed to the army in Flanders, really excited the sympathy of the driver, who would endeavor to console them by coolly saying that he had never yet failed to make the passage and get out of Purgatory, and that there was but one place between that and St. Louis that was any worse than it, and that was Hell, a few miles further on. He alluded, of course, to the bottoms of the Little Wabash, which they would cross in Clay County, Illinois. 

Looking for that special Christmas gift? Don't forget to visit our booth at the 4-H Center craft fair Saturday December 5 to purchase a wedding book, or a calendar or any of our other books.  

  10-3 Monday December 7 Father Jack Frerker will  be signing his latest children’s book “Hi, God” at the Museum in Lawrenceville on the square.