What Happened to the Pony Express?

The Pony Express seems to be something of legend these days. But it was a real means of delivering mail for a short 18 months before being put out to pasture by the telegraph system.

The Pony Express was founded on April 3, 1860 to deliver mail from Missouri to California. At the time, there was no railroad out west, so it was a quick way to deliver mail and small packages via horseback.

The route was set up beginning in St. Joseph, Missouri and heading out west through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and California. This journey could be up to 100 miles a day for the rider. Horses were changed via relay points every 10 to 15 miles.

The first mail delivered by Pony Express took ten days to deliver. The fastest delivery was President Lincoln’s Inaugural Address which took a little under 8 days.

On October 26, 1861 the Pony Express was out of business. The transcontinental telegraph line proved to be a quicker and more efficient means of transporting messages, making the Pony Express obsolete.




To Richard in the United Kingdom

Richard mentioned in his profile that he liked historical architecture. I enjoy this as well, so I figured I could find him a nice postcard. I ended up choosing a postcard I got a thrift store showing a nice building in California.

I don’t quite remember all of the details, but I believe this building was built in the 1920s and is now used as a government building. The style is very unique to that part of the country, and I thought Richard might think it was interesting.

Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.