Highway, Route, Emigrant
On October 12 I drove out to the magnificent autumn forests
by Pennsylvania. I chose highway 22, a route I had been familiar
with since the days at Lehigh University. Once more I was struck
by the speed and the distances mastered nowadays. Unlike us, the
Dorlikon emigrants had measured the distances they covered by the
hour. Carolina, for example, was '2200 hours on sea' from Rotterdam.
In order really to appreciate our modern standards of living, one has
to visualize what since then pioneers have achieved in America- not
only the independence from the British Crown, but also the
urbanization of land through such waterways as the Erie Canal, or,
later, the rapid progress in research and development. My training at
Lehigh University, for example, would never have been possible had
it not been for generations of Europeans working towards a common
goal-Europeans, among whom some might have stemmed from the
Canton of Zurich, or even from Dorlikon.
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 46
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol46/iss3/7