Buffalo Bill’s Pony Express Claims

“Not just every book about Cody but every one about the Pony Express recites Cody’s Pony Express exploits, even Alexander Majors’ memoirs. All, however, are easily recognized as mere quotations, paraphrases, or embellishments of Bill’s autobiography. There is but one tiny ember beneath these billows of smoke: for two months in the summer of 1857, the eleven-year-old Cody rode as messenger boy for Russell, Majors and Waddell within a three-mile radius of Leavenworth.

“There seems no point in resisting the inevitable; Bill’s pony riding represents another spate of fiction.”