Pony Express Skit

In January 1997, Charlie Steiniger found the Pony Express Home Station web site. He was a Cub Scout Leader looking for information on the Pony Express that he could turn into a skit for the boys to perform. Below are the results of his efforts.

Narrator (Crawford):

It is October 1861, The Pony Express is just 18 months old and is a proven to be the best and is the quickest way of getting a package or news from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Just a short 11 months earlier, in November 1860, and our country has just recently elected Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States and the Pony Express brought the news from Missouri to California is just eight days. We open now in the Post Office in Saint Joseph where a banker has a package that must get to California.

Banker (Troy):
This package contains some very important papers that are needed in Sacramento.

Post Master (Tammen):
We can send the package by the normal over land route and have it there is three weeks.

Banker (Troy):
Three weeks is too long. Is there a faster way to get it there?

Post Master (Tammen):
We can send the package by Pony Express and have it there in half of the time but it will cost you extra.

Banker (Troy):
Pony Express it is.

Post Master (Tammen):
Here is an important package that must get to Sacramento.

Rider 1 (David):
I will take good care of it.

Narrator (Crawford):
The package is know in the trusted hands of the Pony Express riders. They will ride in turns for 10 straight days and cover close to 2,000 miles through the hot sun, past hostile Indians, and in the snow.

Narrator (Crawford):
The journey starts with the first rider galloping across the country

(Michael R. the hot Sun, follows Rider 1 (David) until he reaches the first stop).

Rider 1 (David):

Wow that was a hot ride. I hope that you have better luck on your ride.

Rider 2 (Josh):
Usually this part of the ride is pretty easy so I do not think that the Sun will be a problem.

Narrator (Crawford):
As the second rider get under way, three hostile Indians appear out of nowhere.

(The three Indians (Billy, Andrew, Justin) chase Rider 2 (Josh) until he reaches the second stop).

Rider 2 (Josh):

That was a tough ride. I was almost caught by three hostile Indians. It was a good thing that I had a faster horse.

Rider 3 (Michael J.):
Lucky for me that this last part of the ride there are no Indians.

Narrator (Crawford):
When the third rider is half way through his journey he is hit by a snow storm .

(Tommy throws cotton for snow at the rider until he reaches Sacramento).

Rider 3 (Michael J.):

Well I made it but it was tough with all the snow.

Post Master (Anthony):
You made good time too. It only took 9 days for this trip. Let me have the package.

Rider 3 (Michael J.):
Here it is.

Post Master (Anthony):
Sorry I can not deliver this. Not enough postage was collected. It will have to go back.

Narrator (Crawford):
And people thought that the telegraph ended the Pony Express.

Narrator (Crawford):
The Pony Express lasted only 19 months but was a very important part of American history. On October 24, 1861 the first transcontinental telegraph was completed making the Pony Express obsolete.

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