Transcript for "Arrival of the Hand-Cart Train," Mountaineer, 10 Sep. 1859, 11


ARRIVAL OF THE HAND-CART TRAIN.—We have witnessed the arrival of the first and last hand-cart trains in this city, yet never before have we been present on an occasion like that of Sunday evening last. It was probably noon when we heard that the handcarts were coming; and we, like thousands of others, turned out to see what was to be seen. After waiting with patience for some hours, we saw approaching a mixed multitude of men, women and children, some on horseback, others in carriages and wagons, while many were on foot, all of whom were preceded by Capt. Ballo's Brass Band, followed by Capt. Huntington's Martial Band; in the midst of which we discovered Capt. Rolley's company of hand-carts, surrounded by thousands, some of whom were led by curiosity, while others were seeking to find perchance a friend or dear relative, that like themselves had sought an asylum in the fastnesses of the Rocky Mountains, attended with the privilege of drawing a hand-cart after them. We looked on and beheld the passing scene, which filled the street for nearly a mile, until the company reached the Public Square, where the last encampment of the weary pilgrims was made for the night.