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noun
  1. a former system in the American West of carrying mail and express by relays of riders mounted on ponies, especially the system operating (1860–61) between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Origin of pony express

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for pony express

Historical Examples

  • During 1860, and until the outbreak of the Civil War, Cody lived the arduous life of a pony-express rider.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham


British Dictionary definitions for pony express

pony express

noun
  1. (in the American West) a system of mail transport that employed relays of riders and mounts, esp that operating from Missouri to California in 1860–61
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pony express in Culture

Pony Express

A system of mail service by relays of riders on horses, established in 1860 between Missouri and California, through the Rocky Mountains. It operated for only a year and a half, until a telegraph line eliminated the need for it.

Note

An early advertisement for Pony Express riders is well known: “Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

Note

Buffalo Bill (see also BuffaloBill) Cody and Wild Bill Hickok were Pony Express riders in their youth.
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