Historic Hood River
Ezra Meeker has a flare for showmanship and self promotion. He published books and several series of postcards to finance his efforts. In this card followers met his collie “Jim.” In others they met his oxen Twist and Dave.
Here is the caption in Meeker’s own words:
The dog Jim shown here with the team on the bridge, has come all the way across the continent; his habit of trotting on the way ahead and then returning to meet the team, and next to run out on first one side the road and then the other, has caused him to travel more than three times as far as the oxen; estimate has traveled 10,000 miles; he always disliked to ride in the wagon; Scotch Collie, 3 years old (July 1907).