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A Wedding Trip On Horseback

The second company of pioneers left Elkhorn in June, 1847, and started across the plains. William C. Lewis, in his story of the advent of this group into the valley, says: "If my memory serves me right, Sanford Bingham and his bride, my sister, Martha, and Thomas Bingham on horses, and my Uncle Benson Lewis, with his team, led the company into the valley." Sanford Bingham and Martha Lewis had been married July 19 on the plains and took their wedding trip riding horseback across the plains to Utah, both on the same horse. When young couples planned their wedding trips she always spoke of hers as a trip of a thousand miles riding behind her husband over mountains, hills and plains.

Source: Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Volume 2, Page 501


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