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PONY EXPRESS

THEY RODE THE WILD

AND VACANT LAND


FACTUAL REPRESENTATION

OF OUR WESTERN TREASURES

WANTED

Young skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily.

ORPHANS PREFERRED. Apply to

CENTRAL OVERLAND EXPRESS

ALTA BUILDING, MONTGOMERY STREET

SAN FRANCISCO BULLETIN, March, 1860

Folks, as many of you know, I specialize in finding old western stories of long ago that have been overlooked, seldom found and rarely read. Here is a history of the founding and operation of the Pony Express entitled “Pony Express They Rode the Wild And Vacant Land,” by the noted western author, Ted Shead who states that “In a few short years, the Pony Express Riders carved a place in the history of the West. Braving incredible hardships, fighting Indians and outlaws, they got the mail through for the princely sum of $25.00 a week.” A March 1860 San Francisco ad for Pony Express riders read: “Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18 - Orphans preferred. Wages $25 per week.”

Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily.

Among those who applied was 14 year old William F. Cody, who at 15 in 186l found his relief rider had been killed and rode a round trip of 384 miles without rest. This is a Fascinating story of the riders, the trails and stations along “the wild and vacant land” from St. Joseph, Missouri to San Francisco, California.

Please read this. There were many a western story published – the common ones about cowboy and Indians are listed on Ebay every day but the rarer ones bout the days of the Pony Express like this one are seldom found. Of 10,000 westerns in our stock, this is the only one we have. Collectors treasure them and their price guide value rises every day. They are hard to find. I hunt them out cause really the better, untold and rarer stories were published in the rest.

Here’s one of ‘em.

FOLLOWING PURCHASE AND PAYMENT, IF YOU WILL WRITE ME OF YOUR SPECIAL NAME OR INTEREST, I WILL DO A FREE SEARCH OF MY WEBSITE AND UNINDEXED STORIES AND NAMES.

WWW.GENEALOGYIMAGESOFHISTORY.COM

IF I FIND SOMETHING THAT I THINK MERITS YOUR INTEREST, I WILL WRITE A REVIEW AND PLACE IT ON EBAY AND GIVE YOU NOTICE AND A HEAD START TO

BUYITNOW!

Following my retirement, I have dedicated my remaining hours to indexing the Genealogy of our western pioneers. During my research, I discovered that thousands of our kinfolk lay unfound and unrecognized on some book dealer’s shelf. Because the History of the old Pony Express of the pioneer days and their cherished memorabilia was printed before computer indexing, I index every item I sell.

This complete index will be bound and included in this offering at no additional cost.

Humbly, I am trying to keep our history alive

I hope you appreciate the effort.


Folks, sooner or later - Genealogists are going to realize that their family kinfolks are laying on some dealer's dusty shelves. If I can contribute to finding one little name or photo of that long lost ancestor you have been waiting to find, it’s worth all the time I spend.

PONY EXPRESS

THEY RODE THE WILD

AND VACANT LAND

By Ted Shead

ANCESTORS INDEXED HEREIN, CIRCA 1860 – 1861

ANCESTOR’S LOCATION: WESTERN UNITED STATES

GENEALOGY NAMES INDEXED w * INDICATING PICTURE:

AUBREY, F. X.

BEATIE, Hampton S.

BROWN, Aaron V., Postmaster

BUTTERFIELD, John *

CHIEF POCATELLO

CHIEF TINTIC

CHIEF WINNEMUCCA

CLIFF, Charley, Pony Express Rider *

CLIFF, Gus, brother of Charley Cliff, Pony Express Rider *

CODY, William F., Pony Express Rider

CREIGHTON, Edward

EGAN, Erastus, son of Major Howard Egan, Pony Express Rider

EGAN, Howard, Major

FISHER, Johnny *

FISHER, William *

FRY, Johnny, Pony Express Rider *

GWIN, W. M., Senator from California *

HAMILTON, Bill, Pony Express Rider

HANCOCK, Johnny *

HASLEM, Robert H. “Pony Bob,” Pony Express Rider

KELLEY, Jay G., Pony Express Rider

LINCOLN, Abraham, President

MAJORS, Alexander *

McLEAN, John, Postmaster in 1825

RANDALL, James

REESE, John, Colonel

RICHARDSON, H., Pony Express Rider

RICHARDSON, William “Billy,” Pony Express Rider *

RUSSELL, William H. *

SHEAD, Ted, Author

THATCHER, George, Pony Express Rider

PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS w * INDICATING PICTURE:

Picture 1: Pony Express Memorial at St. Joseph, Missouri. *

Picture 2: W. H. Russell and Alexander Majors, founders of the Pony Express. *

Picture 3: Pony Express stables at St. Joseph. On April 3, 1860 Billy Richardson, amid cheers, horn tooting and a fusilade of gun shots dashed out of the stable on the first leg of the Pony Express route to the Pacific Coast. *

Picture 4: Three Pony Express riders who rode in the Utah area of the trail. They are Johnny Hancock, Johnny Fisher and William Fisher. *

Picture 5: William Richardson, Johnny Fry, Charlie Cliff and Gus Cliff, pony express riders out of St. Joseph, Missouri. *

Picture 6: Senator W. M. Gwin who claimed to have originated the Pony Express idea and John Butterfield, owner of the Butterfield Stage Line. *

Picture 7: Ruins of Boyd’s Pony Express Station in the Salt Lake District. *

Picture 8: Remains of Simpson Springs station in the Salt Lake District of the trail. *

Picture 9: Pony Express monument at Lookout Pass in the Salt Lake District of the trail. *

PLACES AND THINGS PROMINENTLY MENTIONED w * INDICATING PICTURE:

Alta Telegraph Company, San Francisco

Boyd’s Pony Express Station *

Carson City

Central Overland Express, San Francisco, California

Cold Spring Station in Nevada

Continental Divide

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

Deep Creek Station

Denver, Colorado

El Paso, Texas

Fairfield, Utah

Fort Bridger

Fort Churchill in Nevada

Fort Kearney

Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Friday’s Station, Lake Tahoe

Genoa (known as Mormon Station)

High Sierras

Independence, Missouri

Julesburg

Los Angeles, California

New Orleans, Louisiana

New York

Oregon Trail

Panama

Pike’s Peak Express Company

Pike’s Peak Livery Stable

Placerville

Platte River Valley

Pony Express Camp Ground

Ruby Valley in Utah

Rush Valley

Russell, Majors and Waddell

Salt Lake City

San Francisco, California

Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Simpson Springs Station *

Smith’s Creek

South Pass in the Rockies

St. Joseph Pony Express Stables *

St. Joseph, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Three Crossing Station on the Sweetwater in Wyoming

U. S. Route 30

U. S. Route 50

PONY EXPRESS

THEY RODE THE WILD

AND VACANT LAND

By Ted Shead

PONY EXPRESS MEMORABILIA IS RAPIDLY DISAPPEARING

While others clip ads from magazines, I save history. It’s a shame that our past is being lost. It’s as simple as that.

My wife kids me that after I find a piece I like, buy it, read it, research it, take a picture, scan it, write the blurb, pay the Ebay entry fee and commission, that I end up making about 50 cents an hour. But, OH HOW I LOVE THIS OLD WESTERN HISTORY. What a story, Rare Story!!! Great Pictures. You will love it as it was published in this old complete western magazine of many years ago. The issue is in good condition, the cover is in vibrant color.

As clearly stated in my description, this is featured story in a rarely found and seldom read unusual and complete western magazine. I don't give out name of publication or date because I have caught competitors copying my index and work and trying to sell it as theirs. I hope you understand.

Buyer pays postage of $3.50 First Class Postage to U. S.; $4.75 Priority; $4.50 to Canada; $10.00 via USPS First Class Mail International for International Mail. (We have been very disappointed in the time frame for our international mailing. It seems our post office is now mailing surface mailing and it sometimes take over 30 days to get to destination. If you care for faster delivery, just tell me and I will figure faster delivery.) Texans must pay 8-¼ % sales tax. Thanks,

Tom

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