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Today in History: October 26

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 17: This famous painting of the relay of mail at a Pony Express station, entitled "The Coming and Going of the Pony Express," was done by Frederic Remington. The original hangs in the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art in Tulsa, Okla., Photographed March 18, 1960.

1861 - The Pony Express is officially retired

The legendary Pony Express officially ceased operations, giving way to the transcontinental telegraph. (The last run of the Pony Express was completed the following month.)

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