Riders of the Pony Express

Riders of the Pony Express

by Ralph Moody


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Prior to the Civil War, the fastest mail between the West Coast and the East took almost thirty days by stagecoach along a southern route through Texas. Some Californians feared their state would not remain in the Union, separated so far from the free states. Then businessman William Russell invested in a way to deliver mail between San Francisco and the farthest western railroad, in St. Joseph, Missouri -- across two thousand miles of mountains, deserts, and plains -- guaranteed in ten days or less. Russell hired eighty of the best and bravest riders, bought four hundred of the fastest and hardiest horses, and built relay stations along a central route -- through modern-day Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, to California. Informed by his intimate knowledge of horses and Western geography, Ralph Moody's exciting account of the eighteen critical months that the Pony Express operated between April 1860 and October 1861 pays tribute to the true grit and determination of the riders and horses of the Pony Express.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803283053
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 392,739
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.25(d)

About the Author

Ralph Moody (1898–1982) is the author of Come on Seabicuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch, all available in Bison Books editions.

Table of Contents

1To Save the Golden State13
2Johnny Frey, the First Rider24
3The First Rider Eastward33
4The Midwest Riders42
5Over the Hump with Boston49
6Pony Bob66
7The Prairie Riders73
8The Ambush Trail87
9The Foothill Riders97
10Mormon Riders of the Desert109
11The Rocky Mountain Riders118
12The Mormon Riders of Utah131
13The Test of Manhood144
14Guard It with Your Life154
15The Greatest Pony Rider159
16The Greatest Pony Ride170

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