The drovers and cattle crossed the Mississippi River by ferry at St. Louis, and trailed into Illinois, arriving at the Colony house in Stonington in Christian County on July 26, 1853, where the great adventure had started. There they settled in to rest the herd and plan the next move. It came with the spring of 1854, when Ponting and Malone picked 150 of their best stock and drove them east to Muncie, Indiana.
“When we got to Muncie, near the Ohio line, we found we could get [railroad] cars on to New York. We made arrangements and put the cattle on the cars. Up to this time there had been very little of this work done. We unloaded them at Cleveland, letting them jump out on the sand banks. We unloaded them next at Dunkirk, then at Harnsville, and then at Bergen Hill.”