Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a history lesson I learned while traveling through Nebraska.
Let me take a couple steps back first. My humans are fans of ordering online and having the packages shipped directly to our house. Now, I love getting packages, it’s like Christmas comes early and 90% of the time they are for me.
The part I do not like is the big, scary delivery trucks and the guy that drops the package off then ringing the doorbell. The delivery guy comes around 5:00pm consistently. During that time I’m either rejoicing my humans are home or I’m eating and I don’t want to be bothered.
My humans decided to make a pit stop at Gothenburg, Nebraska where 2 of the original buildings used as stations of the Pony Express were located.
What the heck is the Pony Express?
The Pony Express was the original form of a mail carrier. For a year and a half the Pony Express delivered mail along a trail starting from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Back then they didn’t have delivery trucks, they used horses. And unlike Amazon Prime where my orders come in 2 days, in the 1860’s it took anywhere between 9-10 days to receive a letter.
This stop gave me an appreciation how far we have come over the years.
If you want to learn more, here is a short video sharing the history of the Pony Express made by Wells Fargo.
This is what I love about road trips, seeing and learning random new things first hand.