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The Mystery of the Pony Express

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History Mystery publications and web pages are an outreach effort of the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land management, Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships. Produced and published by the Heritage Education Team: Megg Heath, Wayne Rice, and Derrick Baldwin, with Shelly Fischman, and Michael Thomas.
We wish to thank the following individuals and institutions for their assistance: Joe Nardone, National Executive Director of the Pony Express Trails Association; Douglas D. Scott, adjunct professor of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; BLM staff: Ray Kelsey, Salt Lake District Office; Deb Salt, Division of the National Landscape Conservation System; Reid Miller, BLM National Historic Trails Interpretive Center; Richard Hanes, Robin Burgess and Jerry Cordova, Division of Cultural and Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation; Tom Burke, Nevada State Office; the Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships, and the Dolores Public Lands Office.
The following historical photographs are used with permission:
Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved
Library of Congress
The St. Joseph Museums, Inc., St. Joseph, Missouri
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.
The National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management supplied additional photos and graphic art.  

Primary references used: 

Robert A. Carter. Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man Behind the Legend, John Wiley and Sones, Inc., New York, 2000. 496 pages.
Christopher Corbett. Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express, Broadway Books, New York, 2003. 270 pages.
Joseph J. DiCerto. The Saga of the Pony Express, Mountain Press Publishing Company , Missoula, Montana, 2002. 244 pages. 
Donald L. Hardesty. The Pony Express in Central Nevada: Archaeological and Documentary Perspectives, BLM Nevada Cultural Resource Series No. 1, 1979. NSO Publication 16 (2/80), U. S. Government Printing Office 1980 – 682-702/214 Reg. 8. 176 pages.
BLM, The Pony Express in Nevada, BLM/NV/GI-97/005+8300 U.S. Government Printing Office: 1997-583-048/60000
Godfrey, Anthony.  Pony Express National Historic Trail Historic Resource Study, National Park Service, 1994. Accessed through the Pony Express National Historic Trail web page, National Park Service.
Allen, Barbara. “The Heroic Ride in Western Popular Historical Tradition,The Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Nov., 1988), pp. 397-412 Published by: Western Historical Quarterly, Utah State University on behalf of the The Western History Association ,

Web Pages Consulted:

Pony Express National Historic Trail web page, National Park Service
Pony Express National Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri web page
National Pony Express Association, web page, “The Pony Express Home Station.”

Pony Express Riders

Simpson Springs Station, Utah
Buffalo Bill Poster with Pony Express Re-enactment