The Pony Express
An Illustrated History
by C.W. Guthrie
photographs by Bart Smith
A Celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Short-lived, but Much Celebrated, PONY EXPRESS.
"Orphans preferred" was the call that went out to the daring of heart when the Pony Express was organized in April 1860. Called "The Greatest Enterprise of Modern Times," the endeavor recruited young men willing to risk life and limb in a relay race that crossed the frontier, speeding the delivery of mail to an astonishing ten days. For a brief time in American history--the nineteen months between April 1860 and November 1861--intrepid souls crossed nearly 2,000 miles of plains, deserts, and mountains on fast horses in less than half the time ever recorded for such a feat.
The Pony Express combines the legends and lore of this remarkable mail service with contemporary photography, archival images, and documents from the past, celebrating the 150th anniversary of those daring rides that ended with the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Paperback, c2010, 181p.