Plush Pony Lightning joined our stable in fall 2010 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express and Wells Fargo’s role in this American legend.
During the Civil War, the government needed quick communication with elected officials and army units in Union-held states of the West to share intelligence and limit Confederate influences. Wells Fargo operated the western leg of the Pony Express from April to October 1861, until the faster transcontinental telegraph lines could be established.
“Lincoln’s Elected,” painted by Maynard Dixon in 1925, commemorates the famous Pony Express riders and horses who delivered news of the 1860 Presidential election to the West Coast.
Lightning and 18-year-old Richard “Ras” Egan carried the first mail west from Salt Lake City in the pockets of a mochilla, a leather saddlebag. Lightning earned her name that day, making the 22-mile trip between relay stations in only 65 minutes!
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