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At a glance: The running of the ponies

By From page B2 | April 03, 2013

Escabar_MimiOn April 3, 1860 the Pony Express mail delivery started. It carried the mail from St. Joseph, Mo. to San Francisco in 10 days using a relay system of riders and horses. The service across a 2,000-mile trail traversing eight states and going through El Dorado County was like the e-mail for the day. The Pony Express ran its course to November 1861. Even back then people wanted everything faster and the invention of the telegraph brought a new and faster era of Long distance communication. El Dorado County resident Melba Leal has a book, “Women and the Pony Express: A Modern Tale of Changing Tradition,” about the Pony Express. It and other books on the subject are available at the Placerville News Company on Main Street in Placerville.

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