Special Sub-Topic: The Pony Express
|What states did the Pony Express riders travel between?|
Missouri to California. When California became a state in 1850, nearly 2,000 miles of open country separated it from the frontier states along the Missouri River.
|How many months did the Pony Express run for?|
18 months. It ran from April 1860 to October 1861.
|What freight companies organized the Pony Express?|
Russell, Majors and Waddell. Senator William M. Gwin of California persuaded Russell, Majors and Waddell to organize the Pony Express.
|How many miles long was the trail that the Pony Express riders would travel?|
|What trail(s) did the Pony Express follow?|
Oregon and California Trails. A 1,900 mile route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. It was 100 miles shorter than the stage coach route.
|In the first weeks of the service, each rider carried a sheath knife, a horn, a cavalry rifle and colt revolvers. What was something else the riders carried with them?|
Bible. They carried these items for only a week but every pound slowed them down so this equipment was reduced to a single revolver.
|How much were the Express riders given a month?|
|What did the Express riders carry?|
|When did the Pony Express start?|
|When was the last run?|
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