This is a 28 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Western Expansion in the United States - The Pony Express. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail.
The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, MO, and Sacramento, CA. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.
Eventually, the Pony Express had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, and between 400 and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. The service lasted only 19 months until October 24, 1861, when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence.
Although CA relied upon news from the Pony Express during the early days of the Civil War, the horse line was never a financial success, leading its founders to bankruptcy. The romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express has made it a part of the legend of the American West.
The presentation covers the following:
Pony Express Map
Inception & Founding
The Rider’s Oath
The First Westbound Trip
The First Rider
The First Eastbound Trip
Pony Express Mail
1860 Election Delivery
List of Riders
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody
Robert “Pony Bob” Halsam (2)
Nearing the End
End of Presentation
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