A bible, and a gun. That’s pretty much all that the Pony Express’ orphaned, teenage riders were equipped with to brave a wild assortment of geographical, meteorological, and human conditions that surely awaited across thousands of miles of a dangerous, Western frontier.
In a lot of ways the Pony Express mail delivery system was a program that made all kinds of sense, but in just as many if not more ways, it didn’t, which is one of the reasons the whole thing lasted for less than a year and a half. But that’s all it took—for 400 unshakable teenagers who laughed in the face of danger, delivering mail on horseback from Missouri to California—to remain one of the sexiest, most legendary threads of American history we’ve got.
Pony Express Nevada
Throughout the duration of the program, Pony Express riders carried nearly 35 thousand pieces of mail and rode mileage equal to 24 trips around the globe. And while the pounding hooves of the Pony Express rode through six western states, Nevada dazzlingly beholds more Pony Express ruins than any place else with 47 stations still out there in Nevada Wild and along with the rest of Nevada’s best features, remain quietly hidden in Nevada’s Sagebrush ocean for anybody with enough curiosity to actually go looking.
Jump in with us as we ride out to our favorite Pony Express ruin in Nevada borders, talk about all the many layers of this bright-and-hot chapter of our American history, and put together a Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver money clip made from within a weathered old Nevada Pony Express station.
Finding Nevada Wild YouTube
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