The Fastest Rider in the West

Neither rain nor snow nor Comanche war parties could stop Francois Aubry, the Missouri speed demon, from delivering the mail in record time. His exploits were the stuff of legend, and the inspiration for the Pony Express.


October 4, 1814

Birthday of Alexander Majors of Westport, MO.  He was a co-founder of a huge freighting firm, the Overland Stage Co., and the Pony Express. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.


January 31, 1812

Birthday of William H. Russell of Lexington, MO. He was a co-founder of a huge freighting firm, the Overland Stage Co., and the Pony Express. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.


April 3, 1860

The Pony Express started its first run from St. Joseph. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.