Today is the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express, a venture that ultimately left the owners in bankruptcy, but is also a cherished part of American history. Here are some interesting facts courtesy of Kate Kelly’s America Comes Alive site:
- The Pony Express began in 1860 and only existed for eleven month.
- The official name of the Pony Express was The Central Overland, California and Pikes Peak Express Company.
- Young boys were generally hired because of the company rule that no rider should weigh more than 125 pounds.
- “Bronco Charlie” Miller was said to be the youngest rider; he was 11 years old when he rode for the Pony Express.
- The owner of the company was very religious so he gave each rider a small Bible to carry with him at all times. Each rider also had to take an oath not to quarrel, drink, or swear.
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Thanks for the reblog! Can’t wait to see what people come up with!