Lead: Perhaps the most famous Pony Express rider was a teenager named Billy Cody.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Before it was rendered obsolete by the transcontinental telegraph the Pony Express, for a short eighteen months, embodied all that was romantic, dangerous and exciting about the settlement of the Western United States. Young Billy Cody was well on the way to establishing his reputation as an adventurer by the time the first Express rider left St. Joseph, MO. in the spring of 1860. In the half century after it ceased operation Cody helped keep alive the legend and excitement about this brief episode in communication history. During his years as a showmen Cody demonstrated the Pony Express at work in most performances of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.