Gold Rush Days Horseback Riding Vacation in Sacramento, California
PONY EXPRESS – No Horseback Riding Vacation
Back in the day, we used to have our mail delivered on horseback via the Pony Express. While I wouldn’t call it a horseback riding vacation, the first pony express rider left for St. Joseph, Missouri on April 3, 1860 and arrived ten days later in Sacramento, California on April 13 to a jubilant crowd. The 1,966 mile horseback riding journey required 200 relay stations, 500 horses and 80 riders.
IRON HORSE REPLACES PONY EXPRESS
The first mail delivery pouch held 80 letters from residents in Sacramento and San Francisco and cost $5 a half-ounce. While the Pony Express was a colorful part of the West’s history, few people realize its short run. The Pony Express mail service delivery was replaced after only 18 months by the telegraph. The Iron Horse, also known as the railroad, took over mail delivery after the telegraph.
Did you know that mail was delivered in Alaska by dog sled? While it wasn’t a horseback riding vacation, I was in Anchorage, Alaska, March 6, covering the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.