Of course not. None of us were around in 1800 .
Cool chart below from FlowingData.com …. reporting Census Bureau data massaged by researchers at the Univ. of Nebraska.
With NYC pegged as the destination, the isolines show how long it took to get from wherever to NYC.
Chicago is on the 6-week isoline.
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The bigger question: why did it take so damn long?
Basic answer: Steam-powered trains were very slow and prone to mechanical breakdowns.
Plus, tracks were problematic, and not always continuous. Travelers sometimes had to change rail lines along the way.
The good news: trains picked up speed.
By 1830, the Chicago to NYC trip was cut… to a lightning fast 2-weeks.