Pony Express Riders

Just who were these men (and boys)? They must have craved adventure, been very courageous and been driven by their unique perseverant spirit. Through the dust storms and heat of the expansive Plains and the freezing walls of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains, they rode with their mission to deliver the mail as fast as their horse could carry it. They were the Pony Express riders, and you can relive their experience as you learn more about the Pony Express National Historic Trail.

While no official company records of all the riders have ever been uncovered, this list has been compiled from various sources including newspaper accounts, secondary sources and family histories. We honor them and their commitment to this legendary part of the American West. 

Read more about the youngest Pony Express rider here.

List of Pony Express Riders by Name:

  1. James Alcott

  2. Andrew Ole Anderson

  3. J.W. Anderson

  4. John Anson

  5. Henry Avis

  6. Rodney Babbit

  7. Lafayette Ball

  8. James Banks

  9. James Barnell

  10. Jim Baughn

  11. Marve Beardsley

  12. James Beatley

  13. Charles Becker

  14. John Bedford

  15. Thomas Bedford

  16. Martin Bengtson

  17. James Bently

  18. Asher Bigelow

  19. Charles Billman

  20. G.R. Gills

  21. “Black Sam”

  22. “Black Tom”

  23. Lafayette Bolwinkle

  24. Bond

  25. “Boston”

  26. William Boulton

  27. John Brandenburger

  28. James Brink

  29. Hugh Brown

  30. James Brown

  31. James Bucklin

  32. David Burnett

  33. Ed Bush

  34. Henry Butterfield

  35. William Campbell

  36. James Carlin

  37. Gustavas Carlton

  38. Alexander Carlyle

  39. William Carr

  40. William Carrigan

  41. James Carter

  42. Michael Casey

  43. William Cates

  44. James Clark

  45. John Clark

  46. Richard Clarke

  47. Richard Cleve

  48. Charles Cliff

  49. Gustavus Cliff

  50. William Cody

  51. Buck Cole

  52. Bill Corbett

  53. Edward Covington

  54. James Cowan

  55. Jack Crawford

  56. James Cumbo

  57. Louis Dean

  58. James Dennis

  59. William Dennis

  60. Frank Derrick

  61. Alex Diffenbacher

  62. Thomas Dobson

  63. J.  Dodge

  64. Joseph Donovan

  65. W.E. Dorrington

  66. Calvin Downs

  67. Tommy Drum

  68. Daniel Drumheller

  69. James Dunlap

  70. William Eckels

  71. Major Howard Egan

  72. Howard Ransom Egan

  73. Richard Erastus Egan

  74. Thomas J. Elliott

  75. J.K. Elllis

  76. Charles Enos

  77. George Fair

  78. H.H. Faust

  79. Josiah Faylor

  80. Johnny Fischer

  81. John Fisher

  82. William Fisher

  83. Thomas Flynn

  84. Jimmie Foreman

  85. Johnny Fry

  86. William Fulkerson

  87. Abram Fuller

  88. George Gardner

  89. James Gentry

  90. James Gilson

  91. Samuel Gilson

  92. Jim Gleason

  93. Frank Gould

  94. “Irish Tom” Grady

  95. Martin Hall

  96. Parley Hall

  97. Sam Hall

  98. Billy Hailton

  99. James “Bean” Hamilton

  100. Sam Hamilton

  101. Robert Haslam

  102. Theodore Hawkins

  103. Sam Haws

  104. Frank Helvey

  105. Levi Hensel

  106. William Hickman

  107. Lucius Ludosky Hickok

  108. Charles Higginbotham

  109. Martin Hogan

  110. Clark Huntington

  111. Lester Huntington

  112. William James

  113. David Jay

  114. William Jenkins

  115. Jennings

  116. Samuel Jobe

  117. William Jones

  118. Jack Keetley

  119. Hiram Kelley

  120. Jay Kelley

  121. Mike Kelly

  122. Thomas King

  123. John Koerner

  124. Harry LaMont

  125. Thomas Landon

  126. George Larkin

  127. William Lawson

  128. Charles Larzelere

  129. James Madison Lenhart

  130. Geroge Leonard

  131. George Little

  132. N.N. Lytle

  133. Joseph Malcom

  134. Robert Martin

  135. Philip Mass (Messero)

  136. Elijah Maxfield

  137. Montgomery Maze

  138. Silas McAulas (Macaulas)

  139. Emmet McCain

  140. J.G. McCall

  141. Charlie McCarty

  142. James McDonald

  143. Pat McEneany

  144. David McLaughlin

  145. James McNaughton

  146. William McNaughton

  147. Lorenzo Meacona

  148. J.P. Mellen

  149. Howard Mifflin

  150. Charlie Miller

  151. James Alexander Moore

  152. John Mussy

  153. Jeramiah Murphy

  154. Newton Myrick

  155. Paul Obershaw

  156. Mathew Orr

  157. Robert Orr

  158. G. Packard

  159. William Page

  160. Charles Parks

  161. Charles Parks

  162. John Paul

  163. “Mochila Joe” Paxton

  164. George Perkins

  165. Joseph Perkins

  166. Edward Pollinger

  167. Charles Pridham

  168. Thomas Ranahan

  169. Theodore Rand

  170. James Randalll

  171. Charles Reynolds

  172. Thomas Reynolds

  173. William Minor Richards

  174. H. Richards

  175. Johnson W. Richardson

  176. Sewell Ridley

  177. Bartholomew Riles

  178. Jonathan Rinehart

  179. Don Rising

  180. Harry Roff

  181. Edward Rush

  182. John Rutsel

  183. Thomas Ryan

  184. Robert Sanders

  185. F.H. Saunders

  186. G.G. Sangiovanni

  187. George Scovell

  188. John Seebeck

  189. Jack Selman

  190. Joseph Serish

  191. James Shanks

  192. John Sinclair

  193. George Smethurst

  194. John Sprague

  195. George Spurr

  196. Edward Sterling

  197. William Streeper

  198. Robert Stricklen

  199. William Strohm

  200. John Sugget

  201. George Talcott

  202. Billy Tate

  203. George Thatcher

  204. J.J. Thomas

  205. Bill Thompson

  206. Charles Thompson

  207. James Thompson

  208. Alexander Toponce

  209. Elias Littleton Tough

  210. William Tough

  211. George Towne

  212. Bill Trotter

  213. Henry Tuckett

  214. Warren Upson

  215. John Wade

  216. Henry Wallace

  217. Jun Waller

  218. John Watson

  219. Daniel Wescott

  220. Michael Whalen

  221. George Wheat

  222. “Whipsaw"

  223. J. Williams

  224. H.C. Wills

  225. Thomas Thornhill Willson

  226. Elijah Nicholas Wilson

  227. Slim Wilson

  228. Ira Wines

  229. Joseph Barney Wintle

  230. Henry Worley

  231. James Worthington

  232. Amos Wright

  233. George Wright

  234. Jose Zowgaltz

  235. Henry Clay Scrafford

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