Estimate of the crowd.
To estimate the crowd who pulled the ropes is anything but easy.
Throughout the whole time men and women dropped out of the line, only to make room for others.
There were about 3,000 feet of rope used in the hauling, four lines to each wagon, and estimating one person to a foot and three new sets pulling the ropes, the total is about 9,000 people.
Many ladies pulled for only a short distance to say they helped do so, but there were many old veterans in line who felt that it was their duty to pull the whole way, and they did so. All along up Franklin street bevies of girls rushed from the porches and helped for a half a square, and with merry laugh and cries, showed very well their enthusiasm.
Some stayed longer, and a survey of the lines when the monument was reached showed that at least a thousand ladies had participated in the hauling.