(Okay so that was just early transportation…. LOL Not an auto.)
Being a cowboy at heart since those Saturday morning Roy, Gene, Lash Larue, Cisco Kid etc, movies I used to sneak off to. The movies were a sin, but they were so good, I knew the Lord would forgive me….
We passed thru St. Joseph in 2010 and did take time to learn more and visit the Pony Express Museum. I had a ball. Here is a short overall blurb:
The Pony Express route was nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 km) long overland, had about 190 stations (mostly in Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada), and required about 10 days to cover. Each rider generally rode 75 to 100 miles (120 to 160 km) and changed horses every 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 km).
I had no idea that the life span of the Express was so short lived. They went bankrupt after about a year and a half. You can imagine the cost to deliver mail over 2,000 miles by pony had some HIGH overhead.
I was pleased and yes amazed at the oath the riders took to risk their lives delivering ‘fast mail’. Check this out:
Two of the most famous riders were Buffalo Bill Cody and Robert (Pony Bob) Haslam. One thing that killed the Pony Express was the Telegraph that developed and crossed the country for FAST communications.
That was on my mind today. (It is sweet when the Grands drop by and bring the great grands) Thanks to Sherece and Matt, We had a visit by Stella and Maverick, greatgrands that really liked the apartment. They enjoyed the kitties and trains, but they both would have made good Pony Express riders….. LOL..