The Pony Express was a mail service – it ran in the western part of this country with a starting point of St. Joseph, Missouri. It across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to Sacramento, California. They used horses and a series of relay stations to travel with the mail, newspapers and other items to California and back to Missouri. It was needed when so many people flocked to California when the gold was discovered there in 1848.
The first trip of the Pony Express began on April 3, 1860. Letters were delivered in 10 days as opposed to the longer periods required by stagecoaches. The cost was $5.00 per half ounce ( $133.00 in today’s money). The riders earned $100.00 a month as pay ( $2,200.00 in today’s money) – this was when most workers made less than $1.00 a day ( $26.60 in today’s money).
There were 120 riders, 400 horses and 184 stations where fresh horses were mounted to continue the mail’s journey.
Happy Anniversary to the Pony Express yesterday.