"The Last Train," Frontier Guardian, 25 July 1849, 2.
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On Saturday, the 14th inst., about noon, the last wagons left Winter Quarters, and began to bend their way westward over the boundless plains that lie between us and the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Slowly and majestically they moved along, displaying a column of upwards of three hundred wagons, cattle, sheep, hogs, horses, mules, chicken's, turkies, geese, doves, goats, &c., &c., besides lots of men, women and children. In this company was the Yankee with his machinery, the Southerner with his colored attendant-the Englishman with all kinds of mechanic's tools-the farmer, the merchant, the doctor, the minister, and almost every thing necessary for a settlement in a new country. Provisioned for nine months from the time of starting. They were led by Messrs. Geo A. Smith and Ezra T. Benson. They have our best wishes for their prosperity and safety on the journey, and we hope they may be able to make for themselves comfortable homes in the distant and secluded valleys of our American Piedmont.