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Robert H "Pony Bob" Haslam
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Birth: Jan., 1840
London
Greater London, England
Death: Feb. 29, 1912
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Pony Express rider. He helped build the stations and was put on the California-Nevada run from Friday's Station at the foot of Lake Tahoe to Buckland's Station, about 75 miles to the east. The advertised delivery time for the Pony Express to deliver mail from Saint Joseph to San Francisco was ten days. When it delivered President Lincoln's Inaugural Address, it only took seven days and seventeen hours, the fastest trip ever made by the Pony Express. During that delivery, Haslam rode 120 miles in eight hours and twenty minutes while wounded. Pony Bob Haslam is credited with having made the longest round trip ride of the Pony Express; it was during the Paiute Indian War. He received the eastbound mail at Friday's Station and stopped at Reed's Station on the Carson River in Nevada only to find no change of horses; they'd all been taken for the campaign against the Indians. So he fed his horse and started for the next station, Buckland's, fifteen miles further down the river. He had already ridden seventy-five miles and was due for a break, but his relief rider, Johnson Richardson, refused to go. The station superintendent, W.C. Marley, offered Haslam a fifty dollar bonus to continue the ride, so he left minutes later, armed with a seven-shot Spencer rifle and a Colt revolver with two cylinders. He made the ride over the alkali desert, changing horses at Sand Springs and continuing to Cold Springs where he changed horses before riding another thirty miles to Smith's Creek where he was relieved by J.G. Kelley. He had ridden 190 miles, stopping only to eat and change horses. Haslam remained at Smith's Creek for nine hours, probably sleeping, before starting back with the westbound mail. When he arrived at Cold Springs, he found that the station keeper had been killed by Indians and the horses stolen. He watered his tired horse and continued toward Sand Springs, thirty-seven miles away. When he got there, he reported the Cold Springs attack and advised the station keeper to go with him to the next station. They rode on west, arriving at the Sink of the Carson Station where fifteen armed men were in a fortified adobe building, waiting for an attack. He rested for an hour and started for Buckland's Station after dark. By the time he arrived, he had made a 380-mile round trip, the longest ride on record. When the Pony Express was terminated there was still a demand for express mail riders in remote areas, so Wells, Fargo & Company continued to operate the line and Haslam stayed on his old run until the railroad across the Sierra Nevada mountains was completed. Then he was transferred to a new line, between Virginia City and Reno, Nevada. When the telegraph line connected these two towns, Haslam was transferred to Idaho where he rode from Queen's River to the Owyhee River, a distance of 100 miles. During the Modoc War his station keeper was killed and he saw the bodies of ninety Chinese who were killed by Indians along the road. He resigned and went to Salt Lake City and served as a Deputy United States Marshal. Later, he took the job of messenger on the Wells, Fargo & Company stage line between there and Denver, a distance of 720 miles. He kept this for several years, then went to Chicago to work in the Hotel Congress. He had a business card with a sketch of himself as a Pony Express rider and entertained guests with stories of his adventures. When he died, the California magazine Overland Monthly, founded by Bret Harte, remembered him as "a man once famous throughout the United States for his courage, endurance and skill." 
 
Burial:
Mount Greenwood Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: section 15, lot 2, tier 37, grave 11
GPS (lat/lon): 41.69347, -87.69563
 
Created by: GravRidr
Record added: Oct 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42931115
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One of our heroes, sadly you were allowed to die in poverty, rest peacefully Pony Bob
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 Added: Sep. 9, 2016
What a great man.
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 Added: Jan. 4, 2015

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