Pony Express National Historic Trail
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Located approximately one mile south are the remains of a typical stage station of the period 1843 to 1869. An era of transition between the arrival of the first emigrant wagon trains and the completion of the Trans-Continental Railroad.
Desert Well Stat…
Named for its hazy distances, this valley has seen a parade of famous men and stirring events.
Prior to the white men, the valley and its bordering Toiyabe and Toquima Ranges were favorite Shoshone haunts.
Jedediah Smith, intrepid trapper and trail-bl…
As a Military Post
An on the
Old Oregon Trail
Northwest across this intersection is the original site of the Home Office of Russell, Majors and Waddell, owners and operators of the Pony Express. Though operating headquarters was at Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Eastern Terminus at St. Joseph, Mo., the…
Young Buffalo Bill Cody started his famous career with the great freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell as a messenger boy. He became a spectacular Pony Express rider with the same firm and road between Red Buttes and Three Crossings, along the Swee…
Here was the bustling Platte Bridge Station (later renamed Fort Caspar) with a relay station for the Pony Express. The bridge was a catalyst drawing together wilderness wayfarers — frontiersmen and immigrants — to learn late news of the trail ev…
Today you stand where the Pony Express ran in 1860-61, when daring riders on swift horses carried the mail between St. Joe, MO and Sacramento, CA.
A January 30, 1860 news release read: "Have determined to establish a Pony Express to Sacramento, Cal…
530 yards south east of
this monument on the
Oregon Trail was the site of
Horseshoe Creek Pony Express
and U.S. Military telegraph
and stage station built in 1860.
During the 1850s and 1860s, wagon freighters fed and watered mules and oxen, exchanged tired stagecoach horses for fresh ones, and conducted other tasks at the historic Horseshoe Creek Station near here. A nearly endless stream of emigrants from the eastern…
Verified Rider of the Pony Express 1860-1861