The Crowds Cheered On . . .

The Crowds Cheered On . . . (HM9H)

Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84108 Salt Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 45.129', W 111° 48.969'

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In 1845, it took six months to get a message from the east coast of the United States to California—by the time it arrived, the news was old. In the late 1850s, a half million people had migration west, and they wanted up-to-date news from home. Something had to be done to deliver mail faster and to improve communication in the expanding nation.

"The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company," a subsidiary of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, announced the formation of the Pony Express on January 27, 1860. They planned to carry letter mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California in only ten days. Although the Pony Express was a financially risky enterprise, the company hopes to attract a lucrative contract with the U.S. Postal Service.

Knowing that a healthy horse could run at a full gallop for only 10 to 12 miles, the Pony Express needed stations for its riders to change mounts. They utilized existing stage stations on the eastern end of the route, but needed to build many new stations in remote areas across the Great Basin. Alexander Majors said that 400 to 500 mustang horses were purchased, 200 men were hired to manage the stations, and 80 riders signed on to begin the run of the Pony Express.

Although the Pony Express captured the admiration, imagination, and hearts of people, it was a financial disaster for its founders. The Pony era, however, was not brought to end by its financial failure, weather, or even problems with Indians—but the completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph on October 26, 1861.
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HM NumberHM9H
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:51am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 431103 N 4511564
Decimal Degrees40.75215000, -111.81615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 45.129', W 111° 48.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 45' 7.74" N, 111° 48' 58.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)801
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2423-2537 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City UT 84108, US
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