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Ogallala in Keith County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Pony Express

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
1. The Pony Express Marker
Inscription. The Pony Express operated for only eighteen months, from April 1860 until October, 1861, delivering mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. It ceased operating when the transcontinental telegraph line was completed. During its brief existence, the Pony Express helped connect the rest of the nation with the distant West Coast, carrying news about the war clouds gathering between North and South and the election of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Pony Express route spanned some 1,823 miles, with stations located twelve to fifteen miles apart. In Nebraska the route mostly followed the Oregon Trail of the 1840s along the Little Blue, Platte, South Platte, and North Platte Rivers. Three Pony Express stations were established near present-day Ogallala: Alkali Lake, Gillís (also called Sand Hill), and Diamond Springs.

Sand Hill Station, also called Gillís Station, was of sod construction and was across the river from Ogallala. In 1865, Frank Young found it occupied by soldiers and it looked “as comfortless as a Siberian picture in a story-book.”
 
Erected by Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location.

The Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
2. The Pony Express Marker
41° 7.548′ N, 101° 43.178′ W. Marker is in Ogallala, Nebraska, in Keith County. Marker is on North Spruce Street near West Second Street. Click for map. This marker is located on the northwest corner of North Spruce Street and West Second Street in Ogallala, NE. It is marker no. 4 of the Historic Walk of Fame. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 North Spruce Street, Ogallala NE 69153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Highways 26 and 92 (within shouting distance of this marker); California Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard Oil Gas Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mormon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Pacific (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); End of the Texas Trail (about 400 feet away); The Great Platte River Road (about 400 feet away); Interstate 80 (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ogallala.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pony Express History - The Pony Express Museum. (Submitted on December 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Pony Express - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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