The Pony Express: A Romantic Failure

July 8-16, 2018
A BGES' Americana Field University Program
With Neil Mangum from Kansas City, MO

With the discovery of gold in California a need for rapid communication between potential investors and vendors produced an early precursor to Federal Express and UPS–The Pony Express. The concept of operations was based around an endless run of riders changing horses and riders at relay stations. The system was designed to sprint along side of the Oregon and California Trails making the 2000 mile run in just 10 days. It was a spectacular financial bust and yet few innovations captured the imagination and spirit of the Wild West.

Today we can retrace significant elements of the route and share the stories of an enterprise that will leave you in awe of the unforgiving landscape and the optimistic execution of the long, lonely route. Ultimately it was negated by the Civil War, and overcome by the development of the telegraph and transcontinental railroads. Come on and join us.

The complete itinerary is here on our main website: The Pony Express: A Romantic Failure.

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