When Was the First Mail Pouch Delivered by the Pony Express?

Behind the Doodle: The Pony ExpressWe were so excited to share the Pony Express Doodle game that we asked a friend of the team, animator Nate Swinehart, to tell a bit more about the history of the Pony Express & document the Doodle process. Play the game at: google.com/doodles/155th-anniversary-of-the-pony-express2015-04-14T13:21:13.000Z

The April 14 Google Doodle celebrates the 155th anniversary of the first mail being delivered by the Pony Express. According to the National Park Service, the first package arrived at midnight on April 14, 1860. It traveled across the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Missouri, through Placerville, California, and then on to Sacramento and down to San Francisco. There were 100 stations along the route with 400-500 horses and as many riders.

It was founded by William B. Waddell, Alexander Majors and Williams H. Russell, on April 3, 1860.

The Hartford Weekly Times wrote about the arrival of the first delivery saying “…citizens paraded the streets with bands of music, fireworks were set off….the best feeling was manifested by everybody.”

The cost of the first delivery was $70,000 to the founders. That’s the equivalent of just over $2 million in 2015 money, thanks in part to the inflation caused by the Civil War.

When Was the First Mail Pouch Delivered by the Pony Express

(Google Doodle)

This Google Doodle is a little different from the usual ones as it invites users to play a little game. Using the up and down arrows (on a desktop computer) you navigate a rider through treacherous terrain facing bandits, avalanches and rocks. This is the second time in a month that Google has brought out a game like this; for April Fools’ Day, Google created a feature that allowed people to play Pac Man on Google Maps.



On the Doodle homepage, Google tells us that it was created by Nate Swinehart, who is the animation genius between Level the Comic.

Toward the end of March 2015, ReCode reported that Google was launching a project called “Pony Express.” Though it noted at the time that “Pony Express” may be a code name. The program will allow Gmail users to receive and pay bills through their email accounts. It will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2015, reports Payment Source.

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Back to the original Pony Express: Since 1925, nearly every decade, Hollywood has brought out a movie about the Express. Most recently in 2012, there was the release of the Spirit of the Pony Express. You can watch the full movie above.

Rhonda Fleming bath scene in Pony Express (1953)A classic scene that you don't see often, another one for the history books.2012-05-27T04:07:04.000Z

The most famous iteration of the story came in 1953 with Charlton Heston’s effort Pony Express. The movie attracted scandal for its outrageous scene showing Rhonda Fleming in the bath and Heston’s insistence on promoting Camel cigarettes during the movie.

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