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How successful was this recruiting poster?

If the conditions sounded scary, the money was good: unskilled labor in that era was lucky to pull down a dollar a day. And, well, “pony” was pretty accurate: the average Express horse — there were about 400 — stood a mere 14.2 hands (58 inches tall). A rider would change horses about every fifteen miles.

The Pony Express ran for only a year and a half before shutting down; the completion of the transcontinental telegraph is usually blamed, though the Express had been losing money all along, and wound up its operations more than $100,000 in the hole.

And while the details on the poster are pretty much in line with the way things happened, the existence of the poster itself has been called into question by at least one historian.





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