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Which mail service started today?

April 3rd

5554191162_4f98ba7f45_oApril 3, 1860 — The Pony Express! This mail delivery service started a route between St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California on April 3, 1860.

The men left on horseback simultaneously from St. Joseph and Sacramento with saddlebags full of letters for the approximately 2000-mile trail.

On this first trip the riders coming from St. Joseph made it to Sacramento in 9 days and 23 hours, an the eastbound riders arrived after 11 days and 12 hours of travel. On average Pony Express riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.


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