Death of the Pony Express

I take the twisted wires and they’re as valuable to me as gold. It fills me with excitement and mystery that in my hands I hold a piece of this country’s history. It makes me just a bit sad, though, that the “lightning wires” meant the death of the Pony Express, with its daredevil riders. It’s a typical but curious twist of human nature that Americans got so used to getting the mail across the country in ten days on the Pony Express that they began to want to get it faster and faster This gave increased momentum to stretching telegraph wires across the Great American Desert.