Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Pony Express Messenger's BadgeOn this date in history… On April 3, 1860, a lone rider on horseback left St. Joseph, Missouri, carrying saddlebags filled with mail destined for Sacramento, California.  It was the beginning of the famed Pony Express that delivered mail across a 1900 mile route until October, 1861.

QUESTION:

When the Pony Express started, how many states did it go through?

ANSWER:

2

EXPLANATION:

While a current map will show that the Pony Express trail ran through eight states, when the Pony Express started in 1860 it only went through TWO states, Missouri and California, since the rest of the area was still territories:

  • Missouri was a state (1821)
  • Kansas (1861) was the Kansas Territory
  • Nebraska (1867) and Colorado (1876) were the Nebraska Territory
  • Wyoming (1890) was parts of Utah and Nebraska Territories
  • Utah (1896) and Nevada (1864)were the Utah Territory
  • California was a state (1850)

NET CHECK IN’s:

Tonight we had a total of 41 people check in to the Net and, of those, 3 had the correct answer to tonight’s Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • John – KD6JEV
  • Jerry – KD6JPD
  • Steven – KK6KTW

And thanks to everyone who supported us by checking in to the Net.

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