Project: Pony Express

Categories: Westward Ho Project | Pony Express

The Pony Express Project is a Sub-Project of the Westward Ho Project

Welcome to the Pony Express Project!

The Pony Express began on Apr. 3, 1860 and consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Telegraphs put them out of business on Oct. 24, 1861, but during their 19 months of operation, they employed 80 men at any given time.

Our Mission: This project is for highlighting the profiles of all those brave men who risked their lives to deliver the mail while riding the pony express.


How to Join

The Pony Express Project is a sub-project of ??

For a full list of participants in Westward Ho, see the badge report

You don't have to be related to a Pony Express rider to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome!! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

  1. Post in the Westward Ho badge request thread to request the Westward Ho Badge.
  2. Add pony express to the list of tags you are following on G2G.
  3. Initiate a Trusted List Request to the Westward Ho Project Members Page and update the page by adding your name to the projects you are working on.
  4. Check out the list below for ways you can help.


The goal of the Pony Express Project is to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for all of the Pony Express Riders. To meet this goal:

  1. Add profiles for the Pony Express riders, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the Pony Express template to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of family members are correct and documented.
  8. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  9. Do you manage a profile for a Pony Express rider that you are especially proud of? Let Alison know and we will feature it on this page.

To-Do List

  1. A list of the Pony Express Riders can be found on the Pony Express Project page. Profiles need to be created for any of the names found on the list that are not yet highlighted by a link to their WikiTree profiles.
  2. Please check to make sure that they have not yet been added before creating a new profile.
  3. Once you have created the profile, please edit the project page by adding a link to their profile.
  4. Proceed with the list of goals we have established for developing and improving the profiles for the Pony Express Riders.


Add this template to the top of the biography for your Pony Express profiles only where the profile has the project as a co-profile manager and the profile is project protected.
{{Westward Ho|sub-project=Pony Express}}


Where you simply want to identify a non-project managed profile as part of the Westward Ho project, please add this sticker directly under == Biography ==

{{Westward Ho Sticker}}
which will generate
... ... ... was involved in the westward expansion of the USA. See Westward Ho! Project

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