Friday, May 20, 2011

The Making of "Heavy Traffic on the Valley Pike"

Teams of forty horses were hitched together to pull the massive load. These wagon teams included mules, thoroughbreds and workhorses, wearing all sorts of improvised harnesses. Their appearance, while negotiating turns and grades on the macadamized surface of the Valley Pike, must have presented an incredible spectacle, as teams, locomotives, ox carts and wagon-loads of equipment were driven south for the “cause.”

The children running along the street captures the thrill felt on this monumental occasion.

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