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The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the North
American continent from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California,
from April 1860 to October 1861. Since 1866 until 1990, the Pony Express
logo was used in security business. Presently, "Pony Express" is
a trademark for postal services in Russia (by Freight Link) and US (by the
United States Postal Service).
2) Founded by William Hepburn Russell, William B. Waddell, and
When was the Pony Express officially established?
February 6, 1860
April 3, 1860
May 3, 1860
3) In 1845, messages to the west coast had to travel by ship around the
tip of South America or by ship-train-and ship again across the Isthmus of
How long did it take President James K. Polk to deliver a message
to the Far West?
4) By 1860, the fastest route was the Butterfield Stage line from St.
Louis, Missouri, through El Paso, Texas, which took 25 days. It was almost
600 miles shorter to deliver the mail over a central or northern route.
However, there were concerns whether these alternatives were viable during
the winter snows.
How long did it take to deliver a message in 1860?
5) Russell, Majors and Waddell, headquartered in Lexington, Missouri
(the hometown of Russell and Waddell), was one of the biggest outfitters
for travelers on the Santa Fe and Oregon trails. The firm operated a vast
complex in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri, and also outfitted
the army from its western base at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
6) They assembled 190 relay stations over 1,966 miles from St. Joseph
to Sacramento, along with 50 riders and 500 horses.
What was the weight of
the mail allowed on each ride?
7) How many miles did a rider travel before giving way to the next
75 to 100 miles
100 to 125 miles
8) What was the pay for the riders?
$100 per month
$100 per week
$200 per month
9) Who did The
Weekly West (April 4, 1860) report as the first rider on
the Westward journey?
Johnson William Richardson
10) At 2:45 a.m., who was the first rider to begin the journey from
William (Sam) Hamilton
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