Riding into the west with the Pony Express

What was in skinny little Johnny Fry’s head as he mounted his horse Sylph and prepared to bolt out of the stable doors as the first westbound rider for the new Pony Express? (We know he was skinny because riders weren’t hired unless they were 120 lbs or less.) Sure, he had a dramatic inaugural ride out of St. Joseph, Missouri that April day in 1860 – the mail packets secure in the special lightweight leather 4-pocket mochila bag designed to be quickly slung from one horse to another all the way to Sacramento, California – but geographic reality meant

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