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Wonder if this house was the Stone house tavern later. The road also looks to be in considerable condition than many of the city streets.


This was probably a familiar route and landscape to Hamlin Garland, who kept a residence in West Salem and would travel frequently up from Chicago by rail to go "home". In the first two decades of the century he was regarded as America's leading man of letters. In fact, about this time another great figure of 20th Century intellectual life, Howard Mumford Jones, a renowned Harvard University professor, social observer and critic and author, traveled back and forth from his home in La Crosse as a teenager to Garland's West Salem home, perhaps on this road about this same time to work as Garland's personal secretary and typist.

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