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Today in History

April 3, 2009

Today, in 1860, the first Pony Express left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.  With a 10-day and 1,800 mile trip, the Pony Express was the fastest method of delivery between the East and West states, compared to what typically took a month or more.  Unfortunately, the Pony Express was unprofitable and short lived, however it instigated federal funding for a more efficient and economical method of an over land postal system.

Also, on this day in 1882, the famous bank robber, Jesse James was shot by Robert Ford.  Coincidentally, James was shot in the same city as the Pony Express began, St. Joseph, Missouri.    James has lived in infamy ever since and been portray many times over, the most recent being Brad Pitt as James in a film that bolsters one of the most impressive costume ensembles.

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