15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pony Express

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pony Express

15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pony Express

If you’re anything like me you probably got up this morning with intentions of being productive and then fell victim to the Google doodle. In case you missed it, the doodle is a game where you play as a member of the Pony Express and your job is to collect as many envelopes as you can on your journey. I only got 27. Here are some facts to wow your friends with when they ask if you saw the Google doodle today.

  • Established April 3rd, 1860 but would only run for 18 months
  • It’s official name was “The Central Overland, California, and Pikes Peak Express Company
  • Riders delivered mail, newspapers, and small packages
  • The Pony Express reduced travel time between the Atlantic and Pacific by 10 days
  • In total it was a 1,900 mile route

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  • During the first week of operation, Riders were required to carry a small Bible, a sheathed knife, a cavalry rifle, and 2 colt revolvers. Later riders would only be allowed to carry a single revolver so they weren’t weighed down and thus able to travel faster
  • Riders could not weigh more than 125lbs in order to travel as quickly as possible, most riders were young boys
  • The youngest rider on record was “Bronco Charlie” Miller, he was 11 years old
  • Riders also were required to take an oath against swearing, drinking, and fighting
  • During travel, horses were changed out every 9 to 15 miles to maintain speed and health

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  • During it’s initial run it cost $5 per ½ ounce parcel, it was later lowered to $1
  • The fastest travel time on record was 7 days and 17 hours
  • In December of 1860 a German rider lost his way in Nebraska and froze to death
  • On October 24th, 1861 the Pony Express executed its last run before being discontinued
  • The telegraph ultimately pushed the Pony Express out when it officially became linked up with the West and East coasts

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