On a day like today…

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April 3, 1860

Pony Express saddles up

During its months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about 10 days. From April 3, 1860, to October 1861, it became the West’s most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the country.

 

1960's Pony Express 100th Anniversary  Commemorative Postage

1960’s Pony Express 100th Anniversary Commemorative Postage

Oath Sworn by Pony Express Riders

While I am the employ of A. Majors, I agree not use profane language, not to get drunk, not to gamble, not to treat animals cruelly and not to do anything else that is incompatible with the conduct of a gentleman. And I agree, if I violate any of the above conditions, to accept my discharge without any pay for my services.

 

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