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Dangerous Work

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    11766

  • It was extremely hard work for the riders. Flooded rivers, blizzards and desert heat made the trip risky, as well as occasional attacks by Indians. Riders also worried about wolves, mountain lions, bandits and horse thieves. Today, you can send a message to family members safely. You are not putting anyone in harms way.

    Sending a letter through the Pony Express was also very expensive. It cost between one and five dollars for every half ounce. Now we can have an e-mail account for free. Even stamps just cost a few cents.