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They re Off

Author : Cheryl Harness
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Relates the history of the Pony Express from when it began to carry messages across the American West in April 1860 until the telegraph replaced it in October 1861.

Orphans Preferred

Author : Christopher Corbett
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“WANTED. YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.” —California newspaper help-wanted ad, 1860 The Pony Express is one of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in the history of the United States, a story of the all-American traits of bravery, bravado, and entrepreneurial risk that are part of the very fabric of the Old West. No image of the American West in the mid-1800s is more familiar, more beloved, and more powerful than that of the lone rider galloping the mail across hostile Indian territory. No image is more revered. And none is less understood. Orphans Preferred is both a revisionist history of this magnificent and ill-fated adventure and an entertaining look at the often larger-than-life individuals who created and perpetuated the myth of “the Pony,” as it is known along the Pony Express trail that runs from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. The Pony Express is a story that exists in the annals of Americana where fact and fable collide, a story as heroic as the journey of Lewis and Clark, as complex and revealing as the legacy of Custer’s Last Stand, and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Orphans Preferred is a fresh and exuberant reexamination of this great American story.

The Pony Express

Author : Jean Léturgie
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Lucky Luke plays a part in setting up the Pony Express, but not everyone wants to see them set up a fast, reliable mail system to the West Coast.

Pony Express

Author : Peg Hall
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Relive The Excitement Of The Pony Express Through Engaging Text, Detailed Illustrations, And Photos Of Artifacts.

The Pony Express

Author : KidCaps
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The Pony Express was established as a rapid courier service between the East and the West, from St. Joseph Missouri to Sacramento, California. But you may wonder: why did all those people move so far away from their friends and families back east in the first place? Why were they in California? Let's learn the answers in this exciting book!

Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express

Author : Marlene Targ Brill
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Bronco Charlie longs for a life of adventure. By the time he turned eleven, he d been a sailor, a cowboy, and could tame wild bucking broncos. But Charlie was always itching for new challenges, and when a Pony Express horse shows up riderless, Charlie gets his big chance. The next station is fifty miles away, and Charlie will have to ride through rocky mountains in the blinding rain to safely deliver the mail. With the threat of hostile Indians, wild animals, and the dangers of riding at night, will Charlie find the courage to face his fears and prove that you re never too young to be brave?

Galloping West with the Pony Express The Mail Must Go Through

Author : Carole Marsh
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The 22-book American Milestone series is featured as "Retailers Recommended Fabulous Products" in the August 2012 edition of Educational Dealer magazine. For 18 months in 1860 and 1861, the Pony Express performed one of the most amazing feats of the Old West. A group of daring young riders and fast horses delivered the mail over 1,800 miles-from Missouri to California-in just 10 days! Learn how they rode day and night to connect the West with the East. This book includes: • Founders of the Pony Express • Need for Mail Service • Prime Ponies • Pony Express Stations • What's in that Mailbag? • Famous Riders • Takeover by the Telegraph • Hands-on Activities • Reproducible Activities • Glossary • Fascinating Facts • Timeline • And Lots More! The Pony Express is perhaps the most compelling story of America's "can do" spirit that shares not only the History of a still "wild and wooly" West but a prime example of the ingenuity and "stick-to-it" determination that built this country. Grab your saddle-and ride along with the Pony Express in the fun, informative, and "just can't put it down" book!

Riding the Pony Express

Author : Clyde Robert Bulla
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Dick Park is the son of a Pony Express rider, Katy Kelly is the daughter of a way station master, and Little Bear is an Indian boy who lives nearby. How three friends keep the mail moving is just part of this fast-moving tale about the great experiment in transcontinental communication.

The Saga of the Pony Express

Author : Joseph J. DiCerto
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Threatened by civil war and Indian uprisings, the government in the mid-1800s needed better communication with its far-flung citizens in the West. Three visionaries dreamt up a seemingly impossible solution: the Pony Express. An elite cadre of riders would carry the U.S. mail across 2,000 miles of inhospitable wilderness in 10 days. Complete with dozens of illustrations, several maps, and appendixes of riders and relay stations--including stations the reader can still see today--The Saga of the Pony Express proves there's a reason some legends endure.

The Pony Express

Author : Jean Kinney Williams
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Provides background information about the need for mail delivery in the West in the mid-1800s, and discusses how the Pony Express was created to fulfill this need.

Saddles and Spurs

Author : Raymond W. Settle
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The story of the Pony Express, which carried transcontinental mail from April 3, 1860 to October 24, 1861, is one of the most invigorating and satisfying episodes in American history. Saddles and Spurs: The Pony Express Saga brings together a storehouse of information about this brilliant operation. Projected against an account of the historical background—the great overland mail issue, the freighting and the stagecoach business, the development of the telegraph and the Pacific railroad—is the narrative of the Pony Express's organization and the laying out of its route; biographical sketches of the founders, company personnel, and riders; and a list and description of the stations. While undertaking their exhaustive research, the authors collected some three hundred photographs, of which more than fifty of the best appear in this volume.

Riders of the Pony Express

Author : Ralph Moody
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Chronicles the eighteen-month operation of the Pony Express, explaining why and how it was created, describing the challenges faced by riders, and discussing.

The Pony Express

Author : Joanne Mattern
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Imagine waiting months to get your mail or find out the news. That was the reality for thousands of settlers in the western United States in 1860. At that time, the only way to deliver mail was by boat or overland by stagecoach. These journeys covered thousands of miles and took weeks or months to complete. Then, in 1860, the Pony Express burst across the West. Its teams of brave young men riding fast horses delivered the mail in record time and delighted settlers all over the country. Was the Pony Express a success? Did its riders really face death and danger at every turn? Find out the truth in this exciting tale of a treasured part of American life.

West Like Lightning

Author : Jim DeFelice
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The #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of American Sniper brings the Pony Express to life in this rich and rollicking new history "One can hear horse hooves pounding across the prairie and sense the fear and courage and excitement." —Tom Clavin, author of Dodge City On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men with colorful names like “Bronco Charlie” and “Sawed-Off Jim” galloped at speed over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just eighteen months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice’s brilliantly entertaining West Like Lightning is the first major history of the Pony Express to put its birth, life, and legacy into the full context of the American story. The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company—or “Pony Express,” as it came to be known—was part of a plan by William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell to create the next American Express, a transportation and financial juggernaut that already dominated commerce back east. All that stood in their way were almost two thousand miles of uninhabited desert, ice-capped mountains, oceanic plains roamed by Indian tribes, whitewater-choked rivers, and harsh, unsettled wilderness. The Pony used a relay system of courageous horseback riders to ferry mail halfway across a continent in just ten days. The challenges the riders faced were enormous, yet the Pony Express succeeded, delivering thousands of letters at record speed. The service instantly became the most direct means of communication between the eastern United States and its far western territories, helping to firmly connect them to the Union. Populated with cast of characters including Abraham Lincoln (news of whose electoral victory the Express delivered to California), Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody (who fed the legend of the Express in his Wild West Show), and Mark Twain (who celebrated the riders in Roughing It), West Like Lightning masterfully traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri—the edge of the civilized world—west to Sacramento, the capital of California, then booming from the gold rush. Jim DeFelice, who traveled the Pony’s route in his research, plumbs the legends, myths, and surprising truth of the service, exploring its lasting relevance today as a symbol of American enterprise, audacity, and daring.

The Pony Express Rider

Author : Harry Castlemon
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The first book in his Pony Express series, Castlemon begins the saga with The Pony Express Rider, published in 1898, and follows it with Carl, The Trailer and The White Beaver.

Young Riders of the Pony Express

Author : Jessica Sarah Gunderson
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In graphic novel format, provides a history of the Pony Express.

The Pony Express

Author : Tim McNeese
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Describes the formation of the Pony Express, how it changed America, and why it ended after eighteen months.

The Pony Express

Author : A. I. Lake
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Describes the history of the Pony Express and the daring riders who risked their lives to deliver the mail.

Riding with the Mail

Author : Gare Thompson
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Ride along with the daring men of the Pony Express.

The Pony Express

Author : Jennifer Quasha
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Briefly surveys the eighteen-month history of the Pony Express with related projects and activities such as sock puppets, magnets, and a diorama.