On this day: the St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado

800px-St_Louis_Jefferson-Allen_Damage1896 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado

On the 27th of May, 1896, a tornado hit St. Louis, Missouri. Part of a larger tornado outbreak in the United States, it killed at least 255 people, but possibly more than 400.

The damage bill was over ten million dollars, which translated to around $2.9 billion a century afterwards.

 

On this day: the first Pony Express

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The Pony Express, a mail service used in the United States to carry letters from Missouri to California, began on the 3rd of April, 1860.

First_Westbound_Pony_Express_Overland_Post-Mark_Apr3Pony Express Postmark The first westbound Pony Express trip left St. Joseph on April 3, 1860 and arrived in San Francisco on April 14.

The first journey left St Joseph, Missouri and arrived in San Francisco ten days later.

Poney Express cover of the United States. First Westbound Pony Express cover. Only one known to exist. Postmarked April 3, 1860.

Only one letter from the first journey is known to still exist.