Last Updated on January 8, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
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 10 to 15 miles, and then the rider would jump on a fresh horse 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 “Pony Express” is not accurate!
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