What was the Pony Express?

Just before the days of telegraphs and railways, the United States Government established a mail system that came to be known as the Pony Express. It started in 1860, and ran from St. Joseph, Missouri, to the Pacific coast.

To carry the mail, a fleet of horses was used. Each horse would be ridden for the next stage. A rider would travel three stages, or 30 miles, before passing on the mail bag to the next rider. These riders were tough men with a great deal of courage.

They braved all kinds of weather and the danger of attack by Indians to get the mail through. But they actually rode horses, not ponies, so the name “Pon Express” is not accurate! 

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