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Stories of the U.S. Mail

In addition to delivering letters carrying family news and election results, the U.S. Postal Service has been the agent for progress with everything from our road systems to commercial air travel.

Little-Known Facts about the Pony Express and the Mail

Though the Pony Express began in 1860 and only existed for eleven months, almost every American has heard about this early way of delivering the mail. However, here are some facts you probably don’t know:

  • The official name of the Pony Express was The Central Overland, California and Pikes Peak Express Company.
  • Young boys were generally hired because of the company rule that no rider should weigh more than 125 pounds.
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