The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the High Sierra from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, from April 3, 1860 to October 1861. It became the west's most direct means of east-west communication before the telegraph and was vital for tying California closely with the Union just before the American Civil War. The Pony Express was a mail delivery system of the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company of 1849 which in 1850…
William H Russell, Alexander Majors and William B Waddell were partners. In 1849 they had a freighting business called Leavenworth & Pikes Peak Express Company. In 1850, the name changed to Central Overland and Pikes Peak Express Company. They held government contracts for moving army supplies to the Western frontier. They had the idea of using mounted riders so they could speed delivery of the mail from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 10 days.
Charlotte Mignon “Lotta” Crabtree (1847-1924) actress whose early days as an entertainer during the California Gold Rush led to her immense popularity as the darling of the American stage and in England.
Pike, Long Beach, 1949. A beauty pageant contestant wears a two-piece swimsuit and with a large pageant ribbon rosette pinned to the top. She poses in front of an elevated stage at the Pike. Directors' style outdoor chairs are set up on the stage above and behind her. For information about copyright and ordering images from the LBPL Digital Archive, see http://www.lbpl.org/history.
How I love to watch and listen to Gene Hackman at work. In film after film his presence fills the screen with clarity, intensity, humor, and impeccable rhythm. Cisco Pike, Unforgiven, The Quick and the Dead, Hoosiers, The Conversation, Class Action, Crimson Tide, Narrow Margin, Enemy of the State, Runaway Jury, Absolute Power, Young Frankenstein, Bonnie and Clyde, French Connection, Superman, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.