150 years ago this week, the balloon mentioned in the last column made its debut in Little Rock on March 3rd with two live occupants. By judging by the date the article was written and when the ascension is to take place, it apparently took nearly two weeks’ worth of setting up for this event:

[LITTLE ROCK] OLD-LINE DEMOCRAT, February 23, 1860, p. 3, c. 1
Balloon Ascension.—The great balloon has come, and will certainly go up, with two live men, on the 3d March, we have engaged a seat in the car, and would like for all our friends to be here on that occasion to witness our elevation.

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