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Pony Express Wanted Poster- Passing through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California, the schedule allowed ten days for the trip across plains, deserts, and mountains.

The original 1860 Pony Express stables in St. Joseph, Missouri now serves as the Pony Express Museum.

April 3, 1860: The Pony Express begins its first delivery of mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.

History: Pony Express for Kids

Pony Express (pictured: Express rider Frank E. Webner 1861). Although now legendary, the Pony Express (including such riders as young Bill Cody, Kootenai Brown and Pony Bob Haslam) lasted only 18 months.

Vintage childrens book PONY EXPRESS by chrystelle

The Pony Express mail route ran from St. Joseph, MO, to Sacramento, CA, but only existed April 1860 - Oct. 1861

The pony express lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. It was created to provide the fastest mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. It was also used to try and gain the million dollar government mail contract for the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company. It consisted of a total of 183 men and 400 horses to travel day and night, summer and winter. The riders were paid hundred Dollars per month.

Frank E. Webner, Pony Express rider~ ca. 1861.