Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
1860 - 1861
On this site, April 3, 1860, a ferry carrying a horse and rider crossed the Missouri River to start a 10 day journey of 1,966 miles to deliver mail to Sacramento, California.
The race against time, elements and a hostile land captured the spirit of Americans, helped hold California for the Union and proved a central overland route was possible.
Operators William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell went broke without a government mail contract, and the telegraph replaced the daring Pony Express riders after 19 months of operation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 45.98′ N, 94° 51.651′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Click for map. Marker is in the Missouri riverfront park, accessed via Francis Street, and about 200 yards southwest of the I-229 Exit 6A ramps. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Robidoux (here, next to this marker); The California - Oregon Trail (here, next to this marker); St. Michael's Prairie / The Lewis and Clark Expedition "Saddle and Mochila" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Journey West (approx. ¼ mile away); Missouri Valley Trust Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Boder Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buchanan County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Joseph.
Also see . . .
1. Pony Express National Historic Trail. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. National Pony Express Association. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Pony Express Historical Timeline. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.