Bareback!

Bareback Wanted Young skinny wiry fellows not over Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily Orphans preferred Wages a week So began the first ad for Pony Express riders in a San Francisco

  • Title: Bareback!
  • Author: Jerry Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780385305860
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wanted Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18 Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily Orphans preferred Wages 25.00 a week So began the first ad for Pony Express riders in a San Francisco newspaper in 1860 The Pony Express was created to carry mail 2,100 miles across the Great American Desert from Missouri to California The daring Pony riders includiWanted Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18 Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily Orphans preferred Wages 25.00 a week So began the first ad for Pony Express riders in a San Francisco newspaper in 1860 The Pony Express was created to carry mail 2,100 miles across the Great American Desert from Missouri to California The daring Pony riders including Buffalo Bill himself risked their lives daily as they rode through lightning, snowstorms, rattlesnakes, murderous outlaws, and Indians on the warpath Guarding their precious cargo of letters, these young riders raced across plains, mountains, and deserts straight into legend, only to be replaced by the telegraph and its talking wires a year and a half later Who were these daredevil riders who promised to get the mail through in only ten days What were their dreams What made them different from young men today One spring morning in 1991, Jerry Ellis, author of Walking the Trail, which chronicled his journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears, decided to heed the call of the wild He undertook the adventure of a lifetime, retracing the original Pony Express Trail Traveling by horseback, covered wagon, foot, and canoe, Ellis, a Cherokee descendant, explored the country that was once home to the brave Pony riders His journey brought him to the remains of old Express stations, where the riders would change weary horses for fresh ones hotels where admirers would throng to greet the young men as they set off on their rides and he found simple stone markers, nearly hidden in undergrowth, that traced the lonely paths of the riders so far from their families His exciting tale is one of our country s past as well as its present, filled with the people who lived over a hundred years ago and those who live along the trail today On his journey he met strangers with open hearts like the old man who lived in a hole in the earth, the Sioux Indian who made him a Brother to the Serpent, and th

    One thought on “Bareback!”

    1. found this looking for nonfiction on the Pony Express. Things I didn't like: not super-informational on the Pony Express, sometimes he seemed to be really reaching to tie his experiences into the history of the Trail, sometimes his poetic turn-of-phrase was a bit much for my style. Things I liked: his personality, his appreciation and respect for an enormous variety of people, the fact that a horrific start to his journey didn't stop him from seeing it through, I'm really interested in reading h [...]

    2. A well written book that displays the author's honesty and great regard for his fellow man. The stories of strangers met on the trip and their interaction with the author are priceless.

    3. I loved the book. His writing style is easy and engaging. I like the way he inserts historical facts with his personal information. I recommend it.

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