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  • 1. The Pony Express
    By: Amy Sadler
    English 102
    “The mail must go through”
  • 2. “A black speck appears against the sky, and it is plain that it moves. . . . Another instant . . . and man and horse burst past our excited faces and go winging away like the belated fragment of a storm.”– Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872
  • 3. Slavery and the CaliforniaGold Rush
    The Pony Express solved an urgent problem for the U.S. government. In the late 1850s political tensions had increased between North and South over slavery and other issues. The government feared losing control over mail along the Southern Route and contact with gold-rich California.
  • 4. Three business partners—William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell—founded the Pony Express as a private company.
  • 5. The Pony Express was founded to compete with the regular mail delivery, which took six months by ship to reach the West Coast from the East Coast, and three weeks to cross the West overland by stagecoach.
  • 6. The Pony Express mail service was set up under the name of the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company.
  • 7.
    To ensure Union control over cargo and mail carried between East and West, a route outside the Southern states was needed. The route was set up for travel from Missouri to California.
    Length of entire route: 1,966 miles.
  • 8. Benjamin Ficklin was hired as superintendent of all of the Pony Express Routes. Ficklin set up the route into five divisions and hired superintendents to run each division.
  • 9.
  • 10. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
  • 11. The first rider was Johnny Fry. The mail was placed into a mochilla saddle, and at 7:15 pm a cannon was fired alerting everyone Fry that he was on his way. Cheering crowds waived at Fry as he made his way through streets of St. Joseph.
  • 12.
  • 13. Along
  • 14. Riders arrived in both St. Joseph and Sacramento with the mail. Proving the mail could be delivered in ten days, on April 14th the first round of mail was delivered.
  • 15. Pony Bob Haslam, a Pony Express rider, makes a historic run of 380 miles back and forth once between Friday's station and Smith's Creek station.
  • 16. On November 7, 1860, Pony Express riders carried word of Abraham Lincoln's election as President from Fort Kearney, Nebraska to Placerville, California in a record 5 days. This was considered one of the most significant accomplishments by the Pony Express.
  • 17. Frank E. Webner
    Bronco Charlie
    Famous Riders
    Wild Bill Hickok
    Richard Egan
    Buffalo Bill
  • 18. The Pony Express only operated for 17 months, in 1860 and 1861; it officially ended operation on October 26, 1861.
    The invention and creation of the telegraph made a faster and cheaper method to send information across the nation, The Pony Express ended because of an advance in technology
  • 19.
  • 20. We’re the RidersBy: Dave Rhodes
    It's a thankless life we lead
    ‘cause nobody knows our names.
    We are silhouettes on the hills
    and shadows on the plains.
    What we carry runs the nation
    and we execute our duty well.
    We're the Pony Express riders,
    the boys that carry the mail.
    We've been shot at and ambushed,
    chased down and almost kilt,
    soaked through and frozed,
    survived heat that made us wilt.
    The food is a little scarce
    and the pay is hardly scale.
    We're the Pony Express riders,
    the boys that carry the mail.
    We're all excellent horsemen
    and the mustang is our ride . . .
    the wilder and faster the better
    to get the job done in stride.
    An oath we all took in earnest
    and made a promise not to fail.
    We're the Pony Express riders,
    the boys that carry the mail.
    You could say that we are brave
    and we have all been scared,
    but mostly we're just too young
    to know what should be feared.
    Racing time and the telegraph
    out here on the lonely trail . . .
    we're the Pony Express riders,
    the boys that carry the mail.
  • 21. Bibliography
    Carpenter, Larry. XP Pony Express Home Station. March 1993. 14 March 2011 <>.
    Communications, Pheonix JC. Pony Express History. 2 July 2010. 14 March 2011 <>.
    Comspark. Gold Rush Chronicles. 6 April 2003. 12 March 2011 <>.
    History of the Pony Express. 2009. 13 March 2011 <>.
    Museum, Pony Express National. Pony Express Historical Timeline. 2010. 18 March 2011 <>.
    Pony Express Answers. 12 March 2011 <>.
    Pony Express Historic Resource Study Guide. 12 November 2002. 18 March 2011
    Service, National Park. Pony Express Historical Trail. 08 March 2008. 12 March 2011 <>.
    The City of St. Joseph Missouri. 2010. 13 March 2011 <>.
    Wikipedia. The Pony Express. 18 March 2011 <>.