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The Impact Of The Pony Express On The 1860's

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Although the Pony Express didn’t last very long, it still had a huge impact in the time of the 1860’s. Between January and March of 1860, William Waddell, William Russell and Alexander Majors established the Pony Express. It was called the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company.

They then had to chose two places to set up at. Out in the east St. Joseph, Missouri and out in the west Sacramento, California. The three men had to decide on a route, they chose the route to travel from Missouri, through Kansas and through modern day Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and then to California. The firm hired Benjamin Ficklin to be the superintendent of the Express’s route. Ficklin decided on splitting the route up into five
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