What was the Salary for a Pony Express rider?
Riders received $25 dollars per week at a time when unskilled labor was paid $1 per week. Imagine working two weeks and getting paid for a year of work.
The Pony Express could average 12 to 15 miles per hour, including stops. The speed was maintained by having fresh horses every 10 to 15 miles along the greater part of the routes. The rider and mailbags would quickly transfer from horse to horse, with a rider riding for an average of 10 hours, but sometimes as long as 20.
The term pony express can be either a common or proper noun. When speaking generally, it is a common noun; when referring to a specific pony express service, it is a proper noun. Example uses: Prior to the telegraph, several pony express companies carried mail across the Rockies. One of those companies was the Wells Fargo Pony Express Service.