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Where would you have caught the Pony Express?


The Pony Express was a fast mail service, you would have to caught the Pony Express between Saint Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. It was a horseback mail service which began on 3 April, 1860. At that time regular mail delivery took up to three weeks to cross America.
The Pony express was founded by William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors who were already in the freighting business with 4,000 men, 3,500 wagons and 40,000 oxen in 1858. It was an enormous undertaking, assembling 156 stations, 120 riders, 400 horses and hundreds of employees, all during January and February of 1860 .
The Pony Express carried mail rapidly overland on horseback nearly 2,000 miles between St Joseph and Sacramento. The schedule allowed ten days for the trip. The mail was then carried by boat to San Francisco. Each rider was expected to cover 120 km (75 miles) a day. Pony Express riders were usually light weighted, young men often teenagers who used special saddle bags that could be moved to a fresh horse very quickly at a change station.
The Pony Express route was extremely hazardous but only one mail delivery was ever lost. The regular Pony Express service was discontinued in October 1861.


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