Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
April 3 is an important day in history for St. Joseph, Mo., where I live. On this date in 1860, the first Pony Express rider carried the mail from St. Joseph toward California - and forever into history.
In honor of this achievement, here are some facts about the Pony Express for Tidbit Tuesday:
A field trip to the Pony Express Museum which depicts
Johnny Frye preparing for the first ride on April 3, 1860.
All riders were given a Bible and signed an oath not to use profane language, drink liquor or quarrel with fellow employees.
On average, it took 12 days for the mail pouch, known as a mochilla, to travel the 2,000-mile route.
Riders rode a horse for 10 to 15 miles - or about an hour - and then changed mounts. The riders would change every 75 to 100 miles.
The rate for mail started out at $5 an ounce.
The Pony Express ran for 18 months until it was put out of business by the U.S. Transcontinental Telegraph.
Happy trails as we remember the Pony Express this week!