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William A. Cates
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1840
Illinois, USA
Death: May 27, 1911
Colorado, USA

Pony Express Rider fastest Ride. His record was 17 days, 7 hours and 17 minutes from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. The route went through the present day States of Kansas, Nebraska, northeast corner of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. The message was Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address. The speech was telegraphed to Fort Kearny, Nebraska, taken by Pony Express to Folsom, California, and telegraphed to Sacramento. Usually horses averaged a speed of 10 miles an hour. The riders would say a good Express rider rode his horse at a lope and galloped his horse only to get out of harms way. They did not use the same horse for the entire ride as they would get tired and were changed every 10 to 15 miles at stations. There were approximately 165 stations. Some of these stations were Home Stations. These stations were placed 75 to 100 miles apart. It was here that a new rider started his leg of the journey. Other stations were Relay Stations and they were placed 10-15 miles apart. At these stations, the rider would get a fresh horse. The Pony Express ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from April 3, 1860, to late October 1861. At the start of the Pony Express, the cost to mail a letter was $5.00 per ounce. By the time the Pony Express ended, the price had dropped to $1.00 per ounce. He passed away at his home at 2018 California St in Denver, Colorado, he was 68 years old. He had been ill several weeks and death was not unexpected. He was a member of the Elks since 1885 and gave to them in his will as well as charity as he had no surviving family. 
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  Lotta Mary Cates (1857 - 1888)
Riverside Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: block 19
Created by: Scott Braddy
Record added: Mar 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35212074
William A. Cates
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William A. Cates
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William A. Cates
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