The Crowds Cheered On . . .
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N 39° 47.845 W 114° 44.451
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Pony Express history sign at the Schellbourne Rest Area.
Waymark Code: WMTQV3
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 12/31/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
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Pony Express National Historic Trail sign at the Schellbourne Rest Area on US Highway at junction with Nevada Route 893. One of three Pony Express history signs along short trail from Pony Express Trail marker on edge of parking lot to Pony Express Rider Sculpture east of parking lot.
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In 1845, it took six months to get a message from the East Coast of the United States to California. By the late 1950s, a half million people had migrated west and were demanding up-to-date news from home. Something had to be done to deliver mail faster and to improve communication in the expanding nation. The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, a subsidiary of a major freighting company owned by the firm of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, announced the formation of the Pony Express on January 27, 1860. In hopes of attracting a lucrative contract with the U.S. Postal Service, these entrepreneurs developed a proposal to carry letter mail and telegraphs between Missouri and California in only 10 days. Knowing that a healthy horse could typically run at a gallop for 8 to 12 miles, the developers needed to place stations at strategic locations for its riders to change mounts. Existing stage stations and road ranches on the eastern end of the route would meet their needs, but new relay stations would have to be built in remote western areas. Alexander Majors purchased up to 500 mustang horses, hired 200 men to manage the stations, and 80 riders signed on to begin the first run of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860. Although the Pony Express captured the admiration and hearts of people around the world, it was a financial disaster for its founders. Eighteen months after starting the Pony Express, it ended with the completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph on October 26, 1861. “Every neck is stretched, and every eye strained . . . Across the endless prairie a black spec appears . . . In a second or two it becomes a horse and rider, rising and falling . . . sweeping toward us — growing more and more distinct, and the flutter of hoofs comes faintly to the ear — another instant a whoop and a hurrah from our upper deck, a wave of the rider’s hand, but no reply, and man and horse burst past our excited faces, and go whinging away like a belated fragment of a storm.” —— Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872. Traveling on the Overland Stage in the summer of 1861.

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