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Pony Express

The Pony Express was a mail service that carried mail by horse relay from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California—nearly two thousand miles—in an average time of ten days. Despite its legendary status, the Pony Express operated for only eighteen months, from April 1860 to October 1861. The freighting firm of Russell, Majors, and Waddell ran the operation.

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