The Rynierson Company
After the division of the Hunt wagon train on November 4th, all but seven wagons set out on the Walker Cutoff and traveled up Shoal Creek on the trail of the Captain Smith and the Flake-Rich companies of packers. Our best account of this major section of the wagon train to the place of its dispersion near Mount Misery is given in the following extract from William Lewis Manly's Death Valley in '49 ( New York, 1929),1 pages 109-111.
It was really a serious moment when the front of the train reached the Smith trail. Team after team turned to the right while now and then one would keep straight ahead as was at first intended. Captain Hunt came over to the larger party after the division was made, and wished them all a hearty farewell and a pleasant, happy journey. My friend Bennett, whose fortune I shared, was among the seceders who followed the Smith party. This point where our paths diverged was very near the place afterward made notorious as Mountain Meadows, where the famous massacre took place under the direction of the Mormon generals. Our route from here up to the mountain was a very pleas-____________________