USPS: How the west was won – New game marks Pony Express’s anniversary

pony_2pony_express_game_doodleThe Pony Express is being celebrated with an online game that allows users to guide galloping animated horses along rugged terrain while collecting mail.

Google introduced the game April 14, the 155th anniversary of the first delivery of the Pony Express. The storied delivery service allowed riders on horseback to move mail between California and Missouri from 1860-1861.

A brief video that accompanies the game includes a history of the Pony Express and concludes with a plug for the Postal Service. (Some employees may be unable to watch external videos on postal computers.)

Says the narrator: “Once you’re done, why not utilize the modern day Pony Express? You can write and mail a letter to someone you love the old-fashioned way.”

This letter is from the 1862-1864 Wells Fargo service that is sometimes referred to as the "Virginia City Pony" service that was established by Wells, Fargo & Co. on August 11, 1862.  Letters were required to be enclosed within a franked government stamped envelope, plus a 10-cent Pony Express adhesive for each 1/2 ounce.

This letter is from the 1862-1864 Wells Fargo service that is sometimes referred to as the “Virginia City Pony” service that was established by Wells, Fargo & Co. on August 11, 1862. Letters were required to be enclosed within a franked government stamped envelope, plus a 10-cent Pony Express adhesive for each 1/2 ounce. (via National Postal Museum)

More information about the Pony Express is available from the Postal Service and the National Postal Museum.

via USPS News Link Story – How the west was won.

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