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The Pony Express

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US History Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

 The Pony Express 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 . It was founded by , William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddell, all of whom were well-known in the shipping business. 
During The Pony Expresses 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. It was important for connecting the new state of California with the rest of the United States.
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Pony Express Patriotic

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3c Pony Express single

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3c Pony Express plate proof

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4c Pony Express single

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3c Pony Express large die proof

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3c Pony Express plate proof

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Pony Express Rider

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Story of a Pony Express Rider

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