Pony Express Riders- "Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." Most riders were around 20. Youngest was 11. Oldest was mid-40s. Not many were orphans. Usually weighed around 120 pounds.
The riders averaged 10 miles per hour and rode 75 to 100 miles, getting a fresh horse every 10-15 miles. The full trail was almost 2,000 miles long.
You can find more pony express info here
This is in Denver. The old church is beautiful but check out the building next door! It rained the morning we were in Denver so we only drove around town for a bit. Here is the capitol building in the rain.
The "unsinkable" Molly Brown, a famous Titanic survivor, wanted a view of the capitol from her parlor so her house is located nearby. Here is her house.
Denver is such a neat town. There are lots of old, historical, frontier buildings right alongside brand new architectural structures.
We drove around a little and then hit the highway. We stopped for a luncheon in the town of Raton, New Mexico at the K-Bob's Steakhouse. Everyone was all dressed up and taking their mothers out for Mother's Day and it reminded us to hurry on home. My sister-in-law had a dinner planned for her mom, my mom, myself, and my three grown children at her new apartment. It was a wonderful multi-course affair. Thanks Lynne!
What a fantastyk trip!!