Combined Post from https://www.google.com/doodles/155th-anniversary-of-the-pony-express and http://time.com/3821522/google-doodle-pony-express/
Before there was Gmail to deliver our messages, there was pen and paper. And before that, at least in the United States in the 1800s, there were ponies.
In honor of the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express on Tuesday, Google created an animated Google Doodle game that commemorates the mail delivery service. If Googlers click on the Wild West-themed Google Doodle, they can help a pony deliver mail across America. (Just watch out for cacti).
In the video above, animator Nate Swinehart explains the history of the Pony Express and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Google Doodle process.
We were so excited to share this doodle that we asked a friend of the team, animator Nate Swinehart, to tell a bit more about the history of the Pony Express and document the doodle process.
The notion of triumph through adversity is so inspirational. So when William H.Russell, Alexander Majors & William B Waddell founded the Pony Express on April 3rd, 1860, they set in motion a wonderful yet daunting method of communication. What a concept–riders with letters on horseback racing from California to Missouri and vice versa to deliver mail on time! True to their word, the first mail arrived on April 14th. The Pony Express felt like a great game concept to us for a Google doodle. We’ve made time-based games in the past so our new idea was simple. Collect letters, avoid obstacles and aim for the ultimate 100 letter delivery! We know everyone is busy these days but the Pony Express needs YOU. And ultimately, whatever happens in life, what’s more important than earning trust and respect from a horse?