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PONY EXPRESS

The Pony Express was organized in 1860 by the freighting company of Russell, Majors and Waddell to carry mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in the shortest possible time. The route in Nebraska generally followed the Oregon-California Trail, with stations placed along the route to provide fresh horses and riders. The Pony Express was never a financial success and was abandoned when the transcontinental telegraph was completed in 1861. However, it helped blaze the trail for the first transcontinental railroad and wrote a brief, colorful chapter in the history of Nebraska and the West.

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