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The Pony Express : an illustrated history

Author: C W Guthrie; Bart Smith
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : TwoDot, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Orphans preferred" was the call that went out to the daring of heart when the Pony Express was organized 150 years ago. Called "The Greatest Enterprise of Modern Times" the endeavor required young men willing to risk life and limb in a relay race that crossed the frontier on a route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to San Francisco, California, speeding the delivery of mail to an astonishing ten days. This popular  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C W Guthrie; Bart Smith
ISBN: 9780762748167 0762748168
OCLC Number: 317451038
Description: viii, 181 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: a splendid moment in history --
Conquering the great expanse --
Young men and mustangs --
The ride that launched a legend --
Over prairie and plain --
Along the Platte --
Along the Sweetwater River to the Salt Lake valley --
Crossing the Great Basin --
Braving the desert, war, and the Sierra Nevada --
The end and the myth --
Keeping the spirit alive.
Responsibility: C.W. Guthrie ; with photographs by Bart Smith.
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"Orphans preferred" was the call that went out to the daring of heart when the Pony Express was organized 150 years ago. Called "The Greatest Enterprise of Modern Times" the endeavor required young men willing to risk life and limb in a relay race that crossed the frontier on a route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to San Francisco, California, speeding the delivery of mail to an astonishing ten days. This popular history, illustrated with contemporary photography and archival images and documents from the past celebrates the sesquecentennial of the start--and end--of those daring rides, which ended with the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

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