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The Pony Express

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Before railroads were built across the US, there was no quick way to get mail from one coast to the other, or for that matter, places inbetween. It took about a month for mail delivered by stagecoach to get from the Mississippi River to California. Someone came up with the idea of using ponies and riders, working in relays. The Pony Express was born. The first Pony Express rider left California, headed towards Missouri, in April, 1860. 

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