The Pony Express – Joining the Country in the 19th Century!
One bright morning in April of 1860, a revolutionary idea began its first run from San Francisco, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. Touted as a fast way to communicate from coast to coast in our burgeoning country, The Pony Express was operational with very few glitches.
While the North and the South grumbled and mumbled, while rumors of war seemed certain to become a reality, this venture gathered the most adventurous young men to ride at breakneck speeds. For only a nickel, families long separated by distance could once again communicate with each other in a timely manner.
At any one time, 80 riders were streaking back and forth, or awaiting their turn atop the mochilla carrying the precious mail. These daring young men earned an outstanding $100 to $125 per month, an absolute fortune in those days, and most didn't have anywhere to spend it. This operation ran twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Blizzards, extreme desert heat, thunderstorms, even Indian attacks didn't waylay the rider from his sworn duty to deliver the mail.
My YA novel, Pony Dreams, features one of these riders, Pony Bob Haslam. He was one of the more colorful riders, a man who would punch his horse in the nose, to see if the animal had what it takes to make it to the next station.
Pony Dreams isn't another book about the Pony Express. It's a book about hopes and dreams, about a teenage girl on the frontier coming of age, about never giving up on what you want.
A note I included in the book expresses that Abby Weston's desire at the end of this exciting story came true. She was disconcerted by the end of the Pony Express, brought about by the poles and wire of the telegraph.
The Pony Express began its service on April 2, 1860 and ended on October 18, 1861 – just eighteen months, but a time that has taken its rightful place in our history. The telegraph took over for the Pony Express, but even the telegraph couldn't last against another new innovation, the computer and email, with the last Western Union telegraph sent on January 27, 2006!
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace.