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The Pony Express

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I chose the Pony express as my topic. I was reviewing pictures of early America, specifically around the 1860's. And ran across a photo of the Pony express. I thought it would be perfect to research and discuss. One of the earliest forms of communications. Better known as The Pony Express. Which was a mail service delivering messages, newspapers, and mail.
Officially operated as the Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company of 1859. In 1860 it became the Central Overland California and Piles Peak Express company ; this firm was founded by , William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddell, all of whom were notable in the freighting business. 
During its 19 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 United States.
 

Pony Express Patriotic

National Postal Museum

3c Pony Express single

National Postal Museum

3c Pony Express plate proof

National Postal Museum

4c Pony Express single

National Postal Museum

3c Pony Express large die proof

National Postal Museum

3c Pony Express plate proof

National Postal Museum

Pony Express Rider

National Postal Museum

Pony Express Memorial, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums