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*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events. *Explains the route of the Pony Express and accounts from Pony Express riders. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading. *Includes a table of contents. "I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Wadde *Includes pictures of important people, places, and events. *Explains the route of the Pony Express and accounts from Pony Express riders. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading. *Includes a table of contents. "I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God." – The oath taken by Pony Express riders Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history, and it still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California, a route setup by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course, part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans’ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses; Mark Twain described the Pony Express riders he saw as "usually a little bit of a man." To get from St. Joseph to Sacramento, riders would generally switch horses every 10 miles at a new stop, and riders traveled at all hours of the day, sometimes riding 20 straight hours to reach the destination on time. Riders typically traveled over 70 miles a day, working in tough conditions and not necessarily safe ones, given the fact that the routes forced them to contend with bandits and potentially hostile Native Americans nearby. The most notable disruption came during the Paiute War, when members of the Paiute tribe attacked Pony Express outposts, but it would ultimately be technological advances that made the Pony Express obsolete. The advent of telegraph lines in the early 1860s eventually made communication between east and west much faster, easier, and safe. The Pony Express: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Famous Mail Service comprehensively examines the history of the Pony Express from beginning to end, explaining how it operated and who worked for it. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Pony Express like never before, in no time at all.


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*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events. *Explains the route of the Pony Express and accounts from Pony Express riders. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading. *Includes a table of contents. "I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Wadde *Includes pictures of important people, places, and events. *Explains the route of the Pony Express and accounts from Pony Express riders. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading. *Includes a table of contents. "I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God." – The oath taken by Pony Express riders Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history, and it still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California, a route setup by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course, part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans’ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses; Mark Twain described the Pony Express riders he saw as "usually a little bit of a man." To get from St. Joseph to Sacramento, riders would generally switch horses every 10 miles at a new stop, and riders traveled at all hours of the day, sometimes riding 20 straight hours to reach the destination on time. Riders typically traveled over 70 miles a day, working in tough conditions and not necessarily safe ones, given the fact that the routes forced them to contend with bandits and potentially hostile Native Americans nearby. The most notable disruption came during the Paiute War, when members of the Paiute tribe attacked Pony Express outposts, but it would ultimately be technological advances that made the Pony Express obsolete. The advent of telegraph lines in the early 1860s eventually made communication between east and west much faster, easier, and safe. The Pony Express: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Famous Mail Service comprehensively examines the history of the Pony Express from beginning to end, explaining how it operated and who worked for it. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Pony Express like never before, in no time at all.

30 review for The Pony Express: The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Mail Service [Kindle Edition]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    There is a lot of information in this short book and the information is cited with pages of references. I've long heard about the Pony Express but now I know it wasn't really ponies, it was a breed of horse that was short and sturdy. Also I now know that the Pony Express actually only lasted about a year and half and was soon put out of business by the telegraph and the railroad. I learned some about the basic four routes that the Pony Express used, and I also learned that no one is exactly sure There is a lot of information in this short book and the information is cited with pages of references. I've long heard about the Pony Express but now I know it wasn't really ponies, it was a breed of horse that was short and sturdy. Also I now know that the Pony Express actually only lasted about a year and half and was soon put out of business by the telegraph and the railroad. I learned some about the basic four routes that the Pony Express used, and I also learned that no one is exactly sure of the route the Pony Express riders took in some places. I learned something about a few of the riders, and I learned that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) observed a Pony Express rider and he wrote about it in his memoir, "Roughing It." I learned about the dangers that the riders faces, and the danger that was considered the worst was blizzards. Frankly, I was amazed at the bravery of some of the personal accounts of the Pony Express riders. Quote from the book: "Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Very abrupt end but good intro to the Pony Express. I only knew of it because of the long ago show, The Young Riders. Kind of disappointed that Jesse James didn't ride for the delivery service. I also did not realize it last less than two years. Very abrupt end but good intro to the Pony Express. I only knew of it because of the long ago show, The Young Riders. Kind of disappointed that Jesse James didn't ride for the delivery service. I also did not realize it last less than two years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mattie Richardson

    Writing is good, formatting is a little cringe-worthy and the book was not what I expected as far as length. It is very brief, but a good overview of the Pony Express.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Russell, Majors, and Waddell lost their shirts while providing America with mail service across the US. I was surprised to see that the Pony Express lasted 18 months. The transcontinental railroad stopped the riders of the pony express in their tracks because the trains could move the mail (about as fast) with less danger.

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