National Geographic : 1980 Jul
ESSENGERS of momentous sped Lincoln's first InauguralAddress to events, the ridersbrought news of a Californiain seven days and 17 hours, a nation sliding toward civil war. record remembered as the "lightning Word of Lincoln's election (below) express." Vast lonely stretches still mark went to Julesburg,Colorado, where a the trail,as a rider in Nevada (above) branch of the Pony Express hastened it discovers during a 1979 rerunfrom to a Denver newspaper. The ponies Julesburgto Sacramento.