Nineteen weeks? Nineteen months? Nineteen years? How long did young men race across the West as Pony Express Riders?
What's your guess? The Pony Express is so much a part of my image of the West that I might have guessed nineteen years. What about you?
I would be wrong. Amazingly, the Pony Express lasted only nineteen months. With so much written about it or shown in movies I was sure it would have been longer than that.
Ad in the Sacramento Union, March 19, 1860
Though the riders ran into dangers and not all survived, the Pony Express Company delivered on their promises and ran a successful business. Why did it fail in the end?
After only a year and a half of business, the Pony Express could not meet the same speed of the telegraph. The message that took riders days to deliver could be sent in mere minutes. The Pony Express riders carried their last letter in 1862 (though the company official terminated in October, 1861).
Still, that didn't stop them from entering into the legend of the West...
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A cat, an accident, and a pile of mixed-up letters send a
bride to a man she otherwise would never have met. Only time will tell if she
and this new marriage can survive the match.
Francine 'Francy' Dinsmore loses the security she's always known with
the death of her father. Coincidentally, her father sent a letter to a matchmaker to give his daughter a home far from Chicago. Life so far has treated Francy tenderly and expected very little from her.
Beau LeFevre abandons a hopeless future to venture
west. He packs a wagon to head for Oregon. The only thing he needs before he leaves is a wife. When the elegant woman arrives from the matchmaker, he marries her wondering all the while what made the matchmaker send this bride to him.
How can he make a marriage work with this spoiled woman?
Life on the trail leads him to believe someone made a mistake!
Or will this turn out to be a happy accident and a sound
pairing with the only woman who can win his heart?