The spirit of the West
The Spirit of the West is a mix of freedom, huge risks and responsabilities, excitement, danger, success, a new life in a vast place where everything seems possible. It's where life and death are so close, where poor become rich, where average people become legends, when millions of people from different cultures and backgrounds build a new nation.
"Away across the endless dead level of the prairie a black speck appears against the sky ... In a second or two it becomes a horse and rider ... and the flutter of the hooves comes faintly to the ear -- another instant ... a man and horse burst past our excited faces, and go winging away like a belated fragment of a storm."
-- An observer recalling the moment when he witnessed the passing of a Pony Express Rider.