A group of young Express riders are based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station was ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The role of cook, housekeeper and mother hen was filled first by Emma and later by Rachel. The riders included the future "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, as well as Ike, a mute, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy. They were later joined by Noah Dixon.
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Did You Know?
The Pony Express operated for only 18 months. It greatly reduced the time it took for messages to reach from the east coast to the west coast. However, the invention of the telegraph soon followed. See more
"Wild Bill" Hickok never actually rode for the Pony Express, though he did join its parent company, Russell, Waddell & Majors Freight Company, when he was 21. See more