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Pony Express mail service operating between Saint Joseph Missouri and Sacramento California inaugurated on April 3 1860 under the direction of the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company At that time regular mail delivery took up to three weeks to cross the continent The Pony Express carried mail rapidly overland on horseback the nearly 2000 miles between St Joseph and Sacramento the schedule allowed ten days for the trip The mail was then carried by boat to San Francisco Stations averaging at first 40 km 25 mi apart were established and each rider was expected to cover 120 km 75 mi a day Pony Express riders were usually lightweight young men often teenagers Special saddle bags that could be moved to a fresh horse very quickly at a change station were used Buffalo Bill was a famous Pony Express rider Eventually the Pony Express had more than 100 stations 80 riders and between 400 and 500 horses The express route was extremely hazardous but only one mail delivery was ever lost The Pony Express is credited with helping to keep California in the Union by providing rapid communication between the two coasts News of the election of Abraham Lincoln to the United States presidency in 1860 and of the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 reached California via the Pony Express The regular Pony Express service was discontinued in October 1861 after the Pacific Telegraph Company completed its line to San Francisco The Pony Express was developed by William H Russell William B Waddell and Alexander Majors Financially the Pony Express was a failure leading its founders to bankruptcy However the drama surrounding the Pony Express made it a part of the legend of the American West Bibliography Pony Express Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2000 httpencartamsncom 1997-2000
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