Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Pony Express

  • It started on April 3, 1860.
  • It was founded by William Waddell, William Russel, and Alexander Majors.
  • They started it to deliver messages, newspapers, mail, even small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California.
  • Each trip took about 8 to 10 days.
  • There were stations along the way for the riders to get fresh horses.
  • An estimated 400 horses in total were used by the Pony Express to deliver the mail.
  • A Pony Express rider would change horses 8 to 10 times.
  • Either Johnny Fry or Billy Richardson are believed to be the first rider for the Pony Express.
  • Three of the most famous riders for the Pony Express were William Cody (Buffalo Bill), Robert Haslam, and Jack Keetley.
  • The Pony Express ended in October 1861. Telegraphs ended the need for the Pony Express.

1 comment:

  1. Wow that was interesting. and did you notice the prices for someone working 10 days straight, for $1!


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