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The United States Grows
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Pony Express



Pony Express
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.89

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     challenging words:    emails, transcontinental, heading, entire, pouch, ever, longer, rider, saddle, technology, service, route, east, thousand, dangerous, message
     content words:    United States, Pony Express, In October


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Pony Express
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Do you ever get emails? An email message is received very quickly. It doesn't matter if the message is from the house next door or if it's from halfway around the world. Emails are fast! Today many people call sending a paper letter through the mail system "snail mail." Snails move very slowly. Compared to emails, getting a letter through the mail system might seem slow. But it's not nearly as slow as it used to be!
 
2     In the 1840s, many people in the United States began to move west. Gold was found in California in 1848. The thought of getting rich quick and new land lured many pioneers to the West. People wanted news from their old homes. At that time, mail from the east could take many months to get across the country. There was a need for quicker service. Three men decided to start their own mail service.
 
3     They started the Pony Express. One end of the route was in St. Joseph, Missouri. The other end was in Sacramento, California. The route covered almost two thousand miles. The job was very dangerous. Only young men without families were hired as riders.

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The United States Grows
(1865-1900)

             The United States Grows
(1865-1900)



United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
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    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
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    The 1950's  
 
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    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


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