The Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation Preserving the History and Sharing the Legacy
“Here again seven span of horses were used, so when some of the horses were on their knees, fighting to find a foothold, the still erect horses could plunge upward against the sharp grade. On the worst slopes the men were forced to beat their jaded animals into giving all they had. After several pulls, rests, and pulls, many of the horses took to spasms and near convulsions, so exhausted were they. By the time most of the outfits were across the worst stretches could be identified by the dried blood and matted hair from the forelegs of the struggling teams."