The Old Leather Man
Historical Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend
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Old Leather Man by Dan W. DeLuca
Book DescriptionIn 1883, wearing a sixty-pound suit sewn from leather boot-tops, a wanderer known only as the Leather Man began to walk a 365 mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers that he would complete every 34 days, for almost six years. His circuit took him through at least 41 towns in southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York, sleeping in caves, accepting food from townspeople, and speaking only in grunts and gestures along the way. What remains of the mysterious Leather Man today are the news clippings and photographs taken by the first-hand witnesses of this captivating individual. The Old Leather Man gathers the best of the early newspaper accounts of the Leather Man, and includes maps of his route, historic photographs of his shelters, the houses he was known to stop at along his way, and of the Leather Man himself. This history tracks the footsteps of the Leather Man and unravels the myths surrounding the man who made Connecticut's caves his home.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819568625
(279mm x 203mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Dan W. DeLuca
DAN DELUCA has researched the Leather Man for twenty years and is the leading expert on the subject. DIONE LONGLEY is the former executive director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown, Connecticut.
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