The Pomeroy Wagon Train
The Pomeroy train set out from Salt Lake City on November 3, 1849. The core of the company was the wagon train of the Pomeroy brothers, merchants and freighters from Missouri. After selling some of their goods in Salt Lake City the Pomeroys decided to continue to California, taking the southern route. They employed some Utah men as teamsters and were joined by some through emigrants, such as Walter Van Dyke.
The four reports of the trip published below, are sketchy, reminiscent accounts; no diaries of the journey have been found.
[The Pettit account of his trip to California in the Pomeroy train of 1849 is taken from the Biography of Edwin Pettit ( Salt Lake City, 1912). See this volume for additional biographical material.]
Early in November, 1849, my brother-in-law [ David Seeley] and myself enlisted with Pomeroy to help him take his big ox train through to California. Pomeroy brought an ox train through from the eastern states with merchandise and sold out what he could, and traded the remainder for cattle. He took me along to drive his cattle on horseback. There were about forty or fifty head of cattle that I had to take charge