Pony Express in Buffalo Bill’s Show

Like every other frontier reeenactment in the Wild West show, the Pony Express was a chapter in the life of its hero and his country. Before audiences of thousands, the horseman—not Cody himself, but another “Former Pony Post” rider—raced “down the the grans stand at a gallop,” writes one ecstatic reviewer, “checked his pony within a length, and almost before it was at a standstill the rider was on the ground, the bag on another pony, and the man galloping off at full speed, in less time than it would take an ordinary man to dismount.” It was a showstopper.