The Pony Express was a mail service in 1860. It was the fastest mail service in the 1800's. The Pony Express was a dirt road from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. There were horse riders who were the mail carriers and they would take a horse with mail and gallop 15 miles to the next stop. Then the riders would switch the tired horse for a fresh one. They started the Pony Express because people in the West wanted to hear about their relatives back East. The Pony Express was a good way to get mail faster than before. The telegraph and the Transcontinental Railroad took the place of the Pony Express.
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