The First Mail Delivered By The Pony Express

Pony Express Google Doodle

Today marks the 155th Anniversary of the first Pony Express mail delivery, arguably the most iconic delivery service in United States history. To celebrate the day, Google has created an interactive Google Doodle that’s essentially an easy arcade game.

It was founded by William B. Waddell, Alexander Majors and Williams H. Russell, on April 3, 1860.

Google’s also provided a video to give some backstory.

Even though The Pony Express was only active for 18 months, it was instrumental in securing the frontier’s ability to operate like more populated areas of the United States would. They delivered messages, newspapers, mail, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada to Sacramento, California, by horseback, using a series of relay stations.

The cost of the first delivery was $70,000 to the founders. That’s the equivalent of just over $2 million in 2015 money, thanks in part to the inflation caused by the Civil War.

Since 1925, nearly every decade, Hollywood has brought out a movie about the Express. Most recently in 2012, there was the release of the Spirit of the Pony Express.

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