Colorful Tales

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"We Were There with the Pony Express" book
Illustrations by Frank Vaughn include the Pony Express route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Book published by Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, New York.
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"Tales of the Pony Express: A Letter From Lincoln" No. 829 comic book
Comic Book published by Dell Publishing Co., Western Printing & Lithographing Company in New York.

By the early 20th century, the allure of the Dime Novel had faded, but the story of the Pony Express continued to grow. Through the 20th century vibrant and dynamic tales of Pony Express riders dodging arrows, bullets, varmints, and storms to carry the mail could be found in just about every type of print publication available.

In 1956 William O. Steel wrote a book for young readers as part of the “We Were There” series of historical novels. Steel’s contribution was a story of the Pony Express as seen through the eyes of a young rider named Mark. The “We Were There” series was produced from 1955-1963.

The Pony Express also popped up in the pages of American comic books. In this 1957 Dell Comics-produced book, “Tales of The Pony Express: A Letter from Lincoln,” a brave rider has to overcome a number of dangers in his quest to keep the mail safe.