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Sent by Pony Express

The writers of these important letters needed them sent fast. To see them delivered in a revolutionary 10 days, they paid as much as $5 (equivalent to $100 today) to send by Pony Express.

Pony Express No. 5 Sent to Ira Austin in Mountain City, Kansas Territory. Taken by mail to St. Joseph’s where it went by Pony Express to Denver, and was forwarded to Mountain City, now a ghost town near Central City, Colorado.

A copy of a similar cover from E. S. Knapp’s collection published in Scott’s Monthly Journal in 1936.

Pony Express No. 6 Sent to Aggie Welch in Dansville, New York. Taken by Wells Fargo Pony Express.

Pony Express No. 7 Sent to Levi Hopper in Ramsey Station, New York. Taken by Wells Fargo Pony Express. Inside is a letter dated June 15, 1861 from J. A. Magagnos asking for “return answer by Pony Express.”

Pony Express No. 19 Unused printed envelope advertising the Pony Express from San Francisco.