Smithsonian

Lines from "Sweet Betsy from Pike"

Did you ever hear tell of Sweet Betsy from Pike,
Who crossed the wide mountains with her lover Ike,
With two yoke of cattle and one spotted hog,
A tall Shanghai rooster and an old yellow dog.

They passed the Sierras through mountains of snow,
Till old California was sighted below.
Sweet Betsy, she hollered, and Ike gave a cheer,
Saying, “Betsy, my darlin’, I’m a made millioneer.”

Folk song, 1850s