The Pony Express Riders And The Invention Of The “Donut”- Pony Express Riders- Wells Fargo Museum
Doughnuts have a disputed history. One theory is that they were introduced into North America by Dutch settlers. There is another theory about the invention of the donut…or (doughnut).
A little more than a hundred years ago, a courageous band of young men enlisted in an incredible enterprise to carry mail by pony relays through 2,000 miles of savage wilderness in frontier America between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.
The role of women in the Pony Express is largely a mystery. Very little is known about the wives and sweethearts associated with the Pony Express. As with many great, true chapters in our history, many legends—even myths—have grown up about the Pony Express. One of the most interesting of these is that sweethearts of some of the riders met them along the route with cookies and sweets.
One legend even credits the invention of the doughnut to one of these girls. She is supposed to have put a hole in the middle of one of her small cakes so that her boyfriend could catch it on the barrel of his gun as he rode by.
In October 1861, when the telegraph had spanned the nation, the Pony Express was disbanded, leaving us the American mystery of the Donut.