End of the Pony Express

But Indian resistance and financial woes, serious as they were, did  not bury the Pony Express. Technology did. About two months after  the first mochila left St. Joseph, Congress authorized funding to  build a transcontinental telegraph. Crews from Nebraska and what  is now western Nevada began working toward each other, erecting  poles and stringing wire along the Pony Express route. The lines  met on Salt Lake City’s Main Street. On October 24, 1861, Western  Union ceremoniously linked the two segments and made near instantaneous, coast-to-coast communications a reality. Two days  later the now-obsolete Pony Express closed its doors. Mail that was  already underway continued to its destination, with the last mochila  arriving in San Francisco on November 20, 1861. The Pony’s parent  company, the Central Overland California & Pike’s Peak Express Co.,  soon fell into bankruptcy and was acquired by “Stagecoach King”  Ben Holladay. That operation continued under a new name, the  Overland Stage Company.