Weather fair, but cold. By noon, we had covered 344 miles. At 2 o’clock, we passed Fire Island, U.S.A. This will bring us to the pier about 7 o’clock.
From the editor: The entry above and the postcard to Miss Hunt, both written on a Thursday, are the last written messages recounting Hermann’s seven-month trip.
Based on evidence provided by several other postcards in the collection, the Jacobys may have taken the 20th Century Limited train to Chicago.
Arriving in Chicago about 24 hours later, they may have opted to enjoy a meal—or, perhaps an overnight stay—at the Hotel Kaiserhof (320–328 Clark Street), just across the river from Union Station, about a 10-minute walk, nothing for those intrepid mountain-climbing Jacobys.
After a quick visit to the Windy City, they could have caught any one of several trains that ran daily between Chicago and St. Louis, crossing the Mississippi on the Eads Bridge and arriving in Union Station on Saturday, October 30—back home after a little more than seven months of travel.