Wednesday, July 14, 2010

St Joseph, MO - Home of the PONY EXPRESS

In the kids room...making veggie soup
Caleb getting ready to take the mail

Abigail in her at home clothes

We want a room like this in our next house

Taking the mail...see the special saddle with the mail pouches?

Pumping water for the riders and their horses

Caleb looking down to see how far the real well goes...very deep

David being a rider moving the empty mail saddle from one horse to another.
It was pretty heavy without the mail in it.

And so it began!

There are many stories about the men who carried mail across America by the Pony Express, but the Pony Express really didn’t last very long. It began in 1860, carrying mail between Missouri and California by horseback.

Stations were set up along the route, about 15 miles apart, where fresh horses were kept for the riders. Each rider rode three horses before handing over his mail to the next rider. It took about eight or nine days for the riders to carry a mail pouch from one end of the route to the other.

But the service ended only 18 months after it began! For that’s when the first cross-country telegraph lines began to carry messages instead.

The shortest trip on the Pony Express announced the news of Abraham Lincoln’s election, only six days!

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