First Period Eastbound: April 3, 1860 - August 14, 1860
Letter Carried on First Eastbound Trip


The first eastbound Pony Express trip left San Francisco on April 3, 1860 and arrived ten days later in St. Joseph, Missouri. From St. Joseph, letters were placed in the U.S. mails for delivery to eastern destinations.


April 3 “Running Pony” postmark indicates $5 Express fee paid - only three examples in black known
Arrived April 13, 1860 per St. Joseph COCPP marking - docketed as received in New York on April 17
Placed in the U.S. mails on April 13 by St. Joseph Pony Express agent with 10˘ U.S. postage paid

Only two letters known from the inaugural eastbound trip
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Richard Frajola, May 2006