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The Walden Pond

AP Lang Project

Eliska Rei

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of The Walden Pond

The Walden Pond The Walden Pond Walden Pond: A History by W. Barksdale Maynard is the first-ever history book of the Pond itself and the first in-depth look at Walden since Thoreau himself wrote about it in 1854. In the latter part of the 19th century, numerous projects were undertaken to make Walden Pond a public destination for recreation. The Walden Pond Many people over the years have seen the Pond as a spiritual place, a spot for cleansing the soul as well as the body, and today, for thousands, it remains a sacred place. Thoreau's visit at Walden started a long tradition of people coming to the pond and its surrounding woods for recreation and inspiration. Bathers at Walden Pond in
the early 20th century The excursion park
built at Ice Fort Cove The Fitchburg Railroad built an excursion park on the shore at Ice Fort Cove in 1866. The facilities were mainly used for fund-raisers, festivals and groups. It burned down in 1902 and was never rebuilt. The automobile brought increasing numbers of visitors to Walden Pond. The Town of Concord began offering swimming lessons in 1913 and bathhouses were built in 1917. Summer visitation had risen to 2,000 visitors a day. Renovated bathhouse Walden is widely regarded as Henry Thoreau's masterpiece, as well as one of the nineteenth century's most important books. And because of Thoreau and his book, Walden Pond itself has become a sacred place known all around the world. Walden Pond The late nineteenth and early twentieth Centuries were years of change at Walden, and modern life began to intrude on the serenity of the place. Population growth, expansion of Boston's suburbs, tourism and commercial development had much -- mostly negative -- effect on the Pond.
Maynard's book describes these turbulent years and the struggles between those who saw Walden's commercial possibilities and others who wanted the Pond to remain a quiet place of contemplation and spirituality. W. Barksdale Maynard
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