February 11, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

Perhaps the best evidence of an amelioration of the climate–at least that the snows are less deep than formerly–is the snow-shoes which still lie about in so many garrets-now useless–though the population of this town has not essentially increased for 75 years past–and the traveling within the limits of the town accordingly not much facilitated. No man ever uses them now–yet the old men used them in their youth.