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The Story of the Pony Express : An Account of the Most Remarkable Mail Service Ever in Existence, Glenn D. Bradley

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The Story of the Pony Express : An Account of the Most Remarkable Mail Service Ever in Existence
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The Story of the Pony Express
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An Account of the Most Remarkable Mail Service Ever in Existence
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Glenn D. Bradley
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This volume touts the Pony Express as "the most remarkable mail service ever in existence," and it could be right. Created in April 1860 and disbanded in October of 1861, The Pony Express crossed the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, playing a crucial role in keeping the American West informed of Union news just before the Civil War. During its 18 months in operation, the Pony Express streamlined the delivery service and was able to carry messages to and from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in record time. The business pledged to deliver mail from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri in ten days, a feat many thought was impossible. Today, the USPS can deliver a package to and from the same destinations in a maximum of seven days. The Pony Express was founded by William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell, three men who dominated the freighting industry in the American West, employing over 4,000 men and owning over 3,500 wagons and 40,000 oxen. Their operation benefited greatly from U.S. government contracts to deliver military supplies to and from the West, and Russell had a plan to expand these contracts to include fast government mail delivery. The Pony Express grew into an operation with 120 riders, 184 stations, 400 horses and several hundred personnel who would care for the animals and riders at designated rest stations. The riders were paid extremely well because of the risk involved with their traveling across the country alone. A famous advertisement for the delivery service read "Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." While the exclusive government mail contract Russell sought was never realized, the organization made great profits from individuals and local business owners hoping to relay messages in a timely fashion near the start of the Civil War. Most importantly, the Pony Express served the new western states of the Union and eventually helped to bring telegrams and other forms of communication to the Pacific coast
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The Story of the Pony Express : An Account of the Most Remarkable Mail Service Ever in Existence, Glenn D. Bradley
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1 online resource (185 pages)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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remote
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