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Today in history (4/3): In 1860 the Pony Express debuts. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America's imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. With the advent of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations. However, the legend of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail lives on today.

The Pony Express started in my hometown, St. Joseph, MO (Where the Pony Express began Jesse James ended." - A nearly forgotten and short-lived service to America's West Coast.