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Our field trip the other day. Doing a lot of multi-photo LOs to try and catch up!
Anna Aspnes: Multi-Foto Template Album page (adapted),
Tracy Ann Digital Art:
alpha, paper and elements from Active Life "Chill",
mesh squares from Colour Play Leaves,
Dollar buys journal strips,
stamp and postmark found on internet and extracted by me,
fonts are jefferson, giddyup, and 1942 report.
After the chocolate shop, we still had a lot of time to kill before dinner, and we didn’t feel like going home
just yet, so we found the historic district. Not many things were open that day, it being both a Monday and
a holiday, but we drove up to the Pony Express Museum and found it open until 5:00, which would give
us a couple of hours inside. First up was a video explaining the beginnings of the Pony Express, and what
led to its demise. Like all good stories, there was money, intrigue, good guys and bad guys involved. We
learned about the risks taken and some of the lives lost. Of course the best part was about the horses.
The Pony Express was really only in business for about a year and a half. The reasons for the
demise were many, including money, logistics, and the Civil War starting. Not the least harmful
was the invention of the telegraph, which gave people the ability to send messages instantly. Even
though the general population relied on the mail for personal letters, the Pony Express prided itself
for getting news out about the war within just a few days. By the time the telegraph was in
full operation, it made much more sense for the newspapers to use that method of communi
cation. No need for the riders to make many dangerous journeys over rough terrain and
adverse weather conditions anymore. The stabling and upkeep of the horses was hard work,
and finding young men for riders was a constant job.
Buffalo Bill was the most famous rider of The Pony Express, but all young men were encouraged to
apply. “Orphans preferred,” the signs read.
The drama surrounding The Pony Express is what keeps it firmly ensconced in the history of
The Wild West.
Besides, what schoolchild can’t imagine a fast, daring ride on horseback, trying to stay ahead of
storms and robbers? It’s the stuff of legends.
| Date: Wed October 15, 2008
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