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The Resource West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice

West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice

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West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express
Title
West like lightning
Title remainder
the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express
Statement of responsibility
Jim DeFelice
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between the nation's two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men with colorful names like "Bronco Charlie" and "Sawed-Off Jim" galloped at speed over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just eighteen months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice's brilliantly entertaining [book] is the first major history of the Pony Express to put its birth, life, and legacy into the full context of the American story. The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company--or "Pony Express," as it came to be known--was part of a plan by William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell to create the next American Express, a transportation and financial juggernaut that already dominated commerce back east. All that stood in their way were almost two thousand miles of uninhabited desert, ice-capped mountains, oceanic plains roamed by Indian tribes, whitewater-choked rivers, and harsh, unsettled wilderness. The Pony used a relay system of courageous horseback riders to ferry mail halfway across a continent in just ten days. The challenges the riders faced were enormous, yet the Pony Express succeeded, delivering thousands of letters at record speed. The service instantly became the most direct means of communication between the eastern United States and its far western territories, helping to firmly connect them to the Union. Populated with cast of characters including Abraham Lincoln (news of whose electoral victory the Express delivered to California), Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody (who fed the legend of the Express in his Wild West Show), and Mark Twain (who celebrated the riders in Roughing It), West Like Lightning masterfully traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri--the edge of the civilized world--west to Sacramento, the capital of California, then booming from the gold rush. Jim DeFelice, who traveled the Pony's route in his research, plumbs the legends, myths, and surprising truth of the service, exploring its lasting relevance today as a symbol of American enterprise, audacity, and daring."--Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
AZZPT
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1956-
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DeFelice, Jim
Dewey number
383/.1430973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HE6375.P65
LC item number
D44 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pony express
  • Postal service
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • West (U.S.)
Target audience
adult
Label
West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Maps on end caps
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Go! -- Money, ambition and other complications -- Bleeding Kansas, bleeding men -- Of colts and cranks -- Threat of dissolution -- Rough men -- Buffalo Bill -- Unbonded -- The great divide -- Saints -- Sand and silver -- Indian wars -- Storms -- A place called tomorrow -- Remains of the day
Control code
ocn981549769
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062496768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)981549769
Label
West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice
Publication
Copyright
Note
Maps on end caps
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Go! -- Money, ambition and other complications -- Bleeding Kansas, bleeding men -- Of colts and cranks -- Threat of dissolution -- Rough men -- Buffalo Bill -- Unbonded -- The great divide -- Saints -- Sand and silver -- Indian wars -- Storms -- A place called tomorrow -- Remains of the day
Control code
ocn981549769
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062496768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)981549769

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