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By Ralph Moody

Prior to the Civil conflict, the quickest mail among the West Coast and the East took virtually thirty days by way of stagecoach alongside a southern direction via Texas. a few Californians feared their nation wouldn't stay within the Union, separated up to now from the unfastened states.
Then businessman William Russell invested in the way to convey mail among San Francisco and the farthest western railroad, in Saint Joseph, Missouri—across thousand miles of mountains, deserts, and plains—guaranteed in ten days or much less. Russell employed 80 of the easiest and bravest riders, got 400 of the quickest and hardiest horses, and equipped relay stations alongside a principal route--through modern day Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, to California.
Informed through his intimate wisdom of horses and Western geography, Ralph Moody's intriguing account of the eighteen severe months that the horse convey operated among April 1860 and October 1861 will pay tribute to the genuine grit and resolution of the riders and horses of the horse Express.

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