Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Abell, Arunah Shepherdson (not Shepardson) - there was more than one pony express!

Arunah Shepherdson Abell was a publisher who set up a pony express from New Orleans. This surprised me because I was unaware that there was more than one pony express.

It turns out that there was The Pony Express (which gets to be capitalized) which delivered  messages, mail, newspapers, and small packages from Missouri to California and various points in between. It reduced travel time for messages down to about 10 days. It only lasted 19 months though.

Then there were pony expresses owned by newspapers to get news out quickly in the days before the telegraph.

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