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What ended the Pony Express?

The final nail in the coffin of the Pony Express was completion of the transcontinental telegraph at Salt Lake City on October 24, 1861. Two days later, the Pony Express ceased operations. The great experiment was over. A major American enterprise had failed, but it was hardly the end of the world.

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Hereof, how did the Pony Express end?

At the height of its business it had over 400 horses and around 180 riders. Why did it end? The Pony Express was forced to close after the opening of the transcontinental telegraph. Telegraphs could be sent much faster and with less expense.

Likewise, why did the Pony Express only last 18 months? Operated by Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Company, the Pony Express was a great financial investment to the U.S. During its 18 months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about 10 days.

In this way, where did the Pony Express begin and end?

From St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California the Pony Express could deliver a letter faster than ever before. In operation for only 18 months between April 1860 and October 1861, the Pony Express nevertheless has become synonymous with the Old West.

Why was the Pony Express no longer needed?

Answer and Explanation: The Pony Express was no longer needed when a telegraph line from St. Louis, Missouri to California was completed. This meant that messages could be sent almost instantly between New York City and California through these new transcontinental telegraph lines.

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