William Cates

William Cates William A. Cates was one of the first Pony Express riders and remained with it to the end. He was a native of Illinois, having gone west at the time of the Pike's Peak gold rush. His run, from Cottonwood Springs west to Horseshoe Station, was through the sandy, windswept hills of Wyoming. He was one of the riders who bore Lincoln's first message to Congress on its history-making journey. When the ponies were dismissed he settled in Denver and engaged in business. A Pony Express celebration having been planned, he was asked to appear in the parade as a rider. No genuine saddle being available he had the local saddlemaker produce a replica of the one he had ridden many years before, mochila and all.

Source: Settle and Settle, 1972.