That all clocks that pony express sold would have a label and serial number afﬁ xed to the back of the clock, come with instructions on setting up and using the clock, and. The pony express rides into history this article was written and published by the united states postal service in 1970 a little more than a hundred years ago, a courageous band of young men enlisted in an incredible enterprise to carry mail by pony relays through 2,000 miles of savage wilderness in frontier america between st joseph, mo, and sacramento, calif. Welcome to an engaged community home community about st joseph history of st joseph the pony express before the pony express.
Women aren't often mention in connection with the pony express there's no record of a woman ever taking part as a rider, but that doesn't mean women didn't play an important role after all, someone had to feed those riders and station keepers and the gaggle of other males working as wranglers and. The pony express ceased to operate in october 1861 when the telegraph lines to california were completed bringing to a close the brave and shining saga of the pony express as the public knew it from its beginning, when it was established and supported by russell, majors and waddell to its end when it was owned by wells fargo and co, the pony. The pony express, more officially known as the central overland california and pikes peak express, was an outgrowth of the wagon freight company of russell, majors and waddell, who were the pre-eminent shipping company west of the mississippi up to that time. The pony express: long rides and a short life few people were interested in gathering lists of rider names for the history books how often did the pony express.
Pony express rider, 1861 eyewitness to history, wwweyewitnesstohistorycom (2008) pony express riders were paid $100 a month this is equivalent to approximately $2,57000 today. A pony express rider received a salary of $100 per month - which compared very favorably to the typical salary of the time, ranging from 43 cents to a dollar per day the pony express's. 1-12 of over 3,000 results for books: pony express pony express the pony express: the history and legacy of america's most famous mail service nov 13, 2013. Given that most have still heard of the pony express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the pony express was once an integral part of communication between the east and west in the united states it turns out, this was never the case and the pony express.
Pony tales: history of the pony express back in the late 1990s, my husband and i took a trip out west from michigan to visit our daughter who was living in. The pony express was the brainchild of william hepburn russell, head of the lengthily named central overland california & pike's peak express service company, which ran stagecoaches from kansas to california. On this episode of wonders of the west, julie wignall shares the short history of the pony express join us on facebook for updates on nature, education, and. The pony express was a fast mail service crossing the north american continent from st joseph, missouri, to sacramento, california from april 1860 to october 1861 messages were carried on horseback relay across the prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains of the western united states it briefly. Although the pony express lasted only 19 months, the associated glamour, both fact and fiction, has assured it a large and lasting chapter in the history of the west in october 1861 the pony express was officially terminated.
The pony express centennial markers this marker is on the left in the alcove while an additional marker was placed at the point of mail transfer that location is the white monument seen in the distance in the center of the sidewalk. Pony express: pony express, system of us mail delivery by continuous horse-and-rider relays between st joseph, missouri, and sacramento, california, and from sacramento to san francisco, california, by steamer (april 1860-october 1861. The pony express: the history and legacy of america's most famous mail service - kindle edition by charles river editors download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Pony express the pony express was a mail delivery service that served communities throughout the great plains and across the rockies in the early 1860's using a series of relay stations, the pony express reduced time for messages to travel from coast to coast to just 10 days.
Photograph of a group of pony express riders on their horses the men appear to be gathered on the east side of the municipal market house, with the trees on the left marking the location of milam park. The history of the pony express although the pony express was only in operation for 18 months, it is a powerful icon of the american old west this precursor to the modern postal service provided a way to deliver messages across the country. A brief history more than 1,800 miles in 10 days from st joseph, missouri, to sacramento, california the pony express could deliver a letter faster than ever before.
The pony express—an offshoot of a company called leavenworth & pike's peak express company—was founded by william h russell, alexander majors and william b waddell in response to a scaling. The story of the pony express an account of the most remarkable mail service ever in existence, and its place in history by glenn d bradley. An educational video for kids a review of the history pony express produced by a student - but many good details included(amateur video. Given that most have still heard of the pony express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the pony express was once an integral part of communication.
From april 1860 to october 1861, dozens of brave pony express riders delivered mail between sacramento, california and st joseph, missourithe distance was 1,800 miles, and it took pony express riders ten days, which was half the time the stagecoach required for the same journey. The pony express was a way to deliver mail quickly across the mountains and deserts between missouri and california young men on small, fast horses, would ride segments of the trail to bring mail. Pony expresspony express the pony express officially lasted from 3 april 1860 to 26 october 1861, although a few scattered runs were made through november at first, mail was carried once a week after june 1860 it was carried twice a week.