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The Pony Express
Transcript of The Pony Express
Life for the Riders
The End of the Pony Express
The Pony Express-a system of delivering mail in the American West from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California.
pony- (plural- ponies) a small horse
rider- person who rides (a horse)
stagecoach-a large carriage pulled by horses that was used in the past to carry passengers and mail along a regular route
by stage – to travel from East to West in a stagecoach
hardy-strong and able to accept difficult or unpleasant conditions
wiry-very thin but strong and muscular
recruit-to persuade (someone) to join you in some activity or to help you
advertisement-something (such as a short film or a written notice) that is presented to the public to help sell a product or to make an announcement
oath- a formal and serious promise to tell the truth or to do something
visualize- to form a mental picture of someone or something.
clarify- to make something easier to understand
mochilla-a Pony Express rider’s mailbag; Spanish for bookbag
saddle- leather covered seat that is put on the back of a horse
outlaw- a person who has broken the law and who is hiding or running away to avoid punishment
outposts- a small town in a place that is far away from other towns or cities
station keeper- person who takes care of Pony Express Station
unsung heroes-people who deserve to be heroes who aren’t famous
humble- not proud, not thinking of yourself as better than other people; also not fancy or special
standby- ready or available for immediate action or use; like a substitute teacher
ingenuity- a clever device or method
swiftly- moving or able to move very fast
telegraph-an old-fashioned system of sending messages over long distances by using wires and electrical signals