Thursday, April 03, 2008

In 1854, Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, an employee of the firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, is said to have first proposed a faster northern route for mail. Founded by William Hepburn Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors, the Pony Express officially opened on this day 1860. The first trip, westbound, was made in 10 days, 7 hours, and 45 minutes. It was a fast mail service crossing the North American continent from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California from 1860 until October 1861 when it was replace by the transcontinental telegraph.

I just sent out this to Denver newspaper:


Denver Socrates Cafe (good discussion about important topics), each Thursday, 7 p.m., Trinity Church, 19th & Broadway, Denver. Free. More info and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Denver Grassroots Rally (take your turn on the soap box), Friday, 4 p.m., Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, Denver. Free. More info and RSVP at (Note: at our meeting tomorrow (Friday, 4/4) we will announce a change of name to Denver Speaker's Corner & moving the meeting to Denver Civic Center Park on Sunday afternoons.)

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