3rd APRiL ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

April 3rd ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1860 : Pony Express debut: The first Pony Express mail, travelling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California on the 3rd April 1860. Ten days later, on the 13th April, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by 2 days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although the service was short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America’s imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. It also contributed to the economy of the towns on its route and served the mail-service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or efficient transcontinental railroad. | & more about history on this day in the video…