Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pony Express Statue in Kansas and U.S. Route 36

Discover Kansas' Best from East to West
Pony Express statue at Marysvile, Kansas
Photos: Rick Metzger

postmarked in 2013 with two stamps, one for 32 cents (Aloha) and one for 1 cent (Tiffany Lamp)

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The Pony Express was a mail service delivering messages and mail from St. Joseph, Missouri across the Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Sacramento, California by horseback, using a series of relay stations. During its 18 months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about ten days.  From April 3, 1860 to October 1861, it became the West's most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the country.

The Pony Express was a mail delivery system of the Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company of 1849 which in 1850 became the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company.

The route started at St. Joseph, Missouri on the Missouri River, it then followed what is modern day US 36 (as seen in the above postcard) – the Pony Express Highway – to Marysville, Kansas, where it turned northwest following Little Blue River to Fort Kearny in Nebraska.

1 comment:

ONeal said...

Nice card! I have visited an actual well-preserved Pony Express station in Gothenburg, Nebraska. It's small, but packed with artifacts; and it is staffed by very knowledgeable people who are friendly and eager to share information with visitors. It's a little bit off interstate 80, but well worth a visit if a person is even the slightest bit interested in US history.