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.