by Jerry Ellis (Goodreads Author)
Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages $25.00 a week. So began the first ad for Pony Express riders in a San Francisco newspaper in 1860. The Pony Express was created to carry mail 2,100 miles across the Great American Desert from Missouri to California. The daring Pony riders - includi...more
Hardcover, 1 page
Published August 1st 1993 by Delacorte Press
(first published 1993)
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found this looking for nonfiction on the Pony Express. Things I didn't like: not super-informational on the Pony Express, sometimes he seemed to be really reaching to tie his experiences into the history of the Trail, sometimes his poetic turn-of-phrase was a bit much for my style. Things I liked: his personality, his appreciation and respect for an enormous variety of people, the fact that a horrific start to his journey didn't stop him from seeing it through, I'm really interested in reading h...more
Jerry Ellis, Cherokee and Scottish, graduated from the University of Alabama. He was the first person in the modern world to walk the 900 mile route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, where 4,000 of his ancestors died in 1838: Seven thousand armed US Soldiers marched them from their homes in the SE to present day Oklahoma in the heart of winter. Many of the Cherokee had no shoes. They were buried in...moreMore about Jerry Ellis...