Express National Historic Trail
The Pony Express National Historic Trail was used by young men
on fast paced horses to carry the nation's mail across the country,
from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California, in the unprecedented
time of only ten days. Organized by private entrepreneurs, the
horse-and-rider relay system became the nation's most direct and
practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.
Though only in operation for 18 months, between April 1860 and
October 1861, the trail proved the feasibility of a central overland
transportation route, and played a vital role in aligning California
with the Union in the years just before the Civil War.
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