November 20, 1861

With all telegraph lines in place, the Pony Express was no longer needed. On this day the riders made their last run and closed one of the most exciting chapters in American History.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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