High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb is a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speaker as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Speaker, Sam Macalusa, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: The Pony Express
April 3, 2020 marks the 160th anniversary of one of the more romantic eras in the west, The Pony Express.
The freighting group of Russell, Majors and Waddell undertook the great adventure of having mail couriers travel 2,000 miles in 10 days. What about the Pony Express in Nevada? There were 29 relay stations in Nevada which were situated 20-35 miles apart. The Nevada portion of the route was 420 miles long and follows approximately where highway US 50 exists now (through the center of the state). Riders were paid $100 per month and station keepers got $125 per month. Riders carried the mail in a mochila (lightweight leather cover put over a horse’s saddle). It had 4 lockable canisters that kept the mail safe until it reached its destination. The price of postage was high.
Here is the link to the Washoe County Library Virtual Calendar Lecture – make sure to register! https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/7132259
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