Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Pony Express Begins

Today April 3rd in 1860 The first Pony Express mail delivery service by horse and rider between St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California began. The 1,800 mile run took 10 days. The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, John Ruff riding west and Hugh Wallace riding east. The westbound package arrived in ten days and the eastbound in just over eleven. From then until the service was discontinued on October 24, 1861, riders departed these cities each noon, six days a week. The cost was five dollars per ounce. Based on an inflation calculator this would be $117.97 per ounce in 2009.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ten days to San Francisco?! We sure haven't advanced much in the last 150 years, have we? At least, the Postal Service hasn't.