Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

Christopher Corbett

“WANTED. younger, thin, WIRY FELLOWS. now not OVER 18. has to be professional RIDERS. keen TO threat dying day-by-day. ORPHANS PREFERRED.”
—California newspaper help-wanted advert, 1860

The Pony show is likely one of the so much celebrated and enduring chapters within the background of the USA, a narrative of the all-American qualities of bravery, bravado, and entrepreneurial hazard which are a part of the very textile of the previous West. No snapshot of the yank West within the mid-1800s is extra typical, extra liked, and extra robust than that of the lone rider galloping the mail throughout adversarial Indian territory. No snapshot is extra respected. And none is much less understood. Orphans Preferred is either a revisionist background of this significant and ill-fated experience and an enjoyable examine the usually larger-than-life people who created and perpetuated the parable of “the Pony,” because it is understood alongside the horse exhibit path that runs from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. the horse exhibit is a narrative that exists within the annals of Americana the place truth and fantasy collide, a narrative as heroic because the trip of Lewis and Clark, as complicated and revealing because the legacy of Custer’s final Stand, and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s nighttime journey. Orphans Preferred is a clean and exuberant reexamination of this nice American story.

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