5 April 2012 0 Comments

USPS: Pony Express – Private Mail Delivery Made Obsolete by Telegraphy

The Pony Express is a romantic legend and legacy, story of individual innovation and private enterprise.

The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. The service lasted only 19 months until October 24, 1861, when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence

Although California relied upon news from the Pony Express during the early days of the Civil War, the horse line was never a financial success, leading its founders to bankruptcy. However, the romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express has made it a part of the legend of the American West.”

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