Remembering the Pony Express

I found this post on Trapper’s blog. I went back a year and found this one. I do believe you will enjoy this one. T

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PonyExpressRiders While the Pony Express lives on today as an example of romance, adventure and bravery from the American Frontier, the Express only operated for 18 months – from April 1860 to October 1861. Perhaps most interesting to me is the fact that the “men” were often just teenaged boys, the horses were frequently mules and the riders usually carried business correspondence, sometimes newspapers, but almost never love letters! After all, $5 an ounce was extremely expensive. And, while replacement riders were sometimes unavailable, usually riders traveled less than 20 miles at a time. Legend has it that riders were given rifles, but it was probably a just small pistol or even a knife. After all, rifles are heavy, and every ounce counted when riding for speed.

Want AdRiding for speed and keeping weight light, may be where the legend came from that the company posted ads for riders which read: “Wanted:…

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