History Chapters: Riding With The Mail: The Story of the Pony Express

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This was how America communicated in the dangerous days of the Wild West: by a courier service demanding daring dashes through the badlands. The Pony Express was a long, tortuous gauntlet for the brave riders who dared to deliver. Riding with the Mail: The Story of the Pony Express is an amazing-but-true American adventure story. Read of the risks riders ran, from snakebites to bandits, and discover the historic changes that made this famous ...
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Overview

This was how America communicated in the dangerous days of the Wild West: by a courier service demanding daring dashes through the badlands. The Pony Express was a long, tortuous gauntlet for the brave riders who dared to deliver. Riding with the Mail: The Story of the Pony Express is an amazing-but-true American adventure story. Read of the risks riders ran, from snakebites to bandits, and discover the historic changes that made this famous trail obsolete.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
In the 1860s, many Americans were moving west. While mail delivery in the east was pretty regular, that was not true for the rest of the country. William Russell was asked to expand his freight and stagecoach business in order to establish a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. So, the Pony Express came to be. Russell declared that he would get the mail delivered over the two thousand mile route in ten days. The service started on April 3, 1860 and faithfully delivered the mail for the next year and a half. Each rider covered between 75 and 100 miles a day and changed horses seven or eight times at stations along the route. Then, the mail pouch was turned over to another rider. The youngest rider, "Bronco Charlie," was only eleven years old. This book, part of the "National Geographic History Chapters" series, is a wonderful way to introduce this famed era of American History. It also contains a glossary, a bibliography and many photographs that contribute much to the book's value. It is sure to be of interest to students and should be on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426301926
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Series: History Chapters Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,049,839
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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