|Abstract||Article recounts the Santa Fe Trail exploits of Francis Xavier Aubry, known as F. X. Aubry and "little Aubry" because of his short stature. His pattern was to deliver goods and the mail by caravan to Santa Fe and then to race back to Independence, Missouri. The 1848 record Aubry set, which has never been broken, was to ride 800 miles from Santa Fe to Independence in five days, 15 hours. Aubry died in a saloon brawl in Santa Fe at the age of 29 years old in 1854. |
Article opens with this poem: "Come listen, all you greenhorns, and I'll tell you a tale; Of little Francis Aubry who rode the Santa Fe Trail; Upon his yellow mustang, fair Dolly was her name; 800 miles in just five days, no man could match his fame."