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    Pony Express Timeline--Pony Express National Museum

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    The story of the Pony Express has continued to fascinate Americans since Johnny Fry left St. Joseph April 3, 1860, heading west to Sacramento, CA. This relay mail service celebrated 150 years on April 3, 2010.

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    The First Ride by Charles Hargens, hangs in the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO

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

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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.

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

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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. National Archives

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This photograph was taken in 1895, and shows Calamity Jane. Calamity Jane was a colorful figure from the Old West. She was friends with Wild Bill Hickock, and in later years was a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Calamity Jane died on this day, August 1, in the year 1903. She was buried next to Wild Bill.