Pony Express: Bringing Mail to the American Westby Tim McNeese
From three weeks to ten days-that was the promise the backers of the Pony Express made when they told the American people they could dramatically cut down on mail delivery times. Starting in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and traveling to Sacramento, California, the young men of the Pony Express became national heroes as they risked their lives by riding through blizzards, desert heat, and hostile American Indian territory to deliver the mail. Spurred on by the demands of newly arrived settlers and gold miners, the Pony Express quickly grew to employ 80 riders and established 100 relay stations across the West. Less than a year after its start, however, the Pony Express could not compete with the speed of the telegraph and service came to an end. In The Pony Express, author Tim McNeese explores the conception and creation of the Pony Express and the daring riders who helped transform a postal service into an American legend.
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