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Mitchell in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station

In Search of the Pony Express Stations

 
 
Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
1. Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker
Inscription. Text is found on both sides of this marker

Dedicated October 5, 2013
Scott’s Bluff
Original Station
Apr. 3, 1860 - Nov. 20. 1861
by
James Stretesky
Joseph L. Schroeder
Panhandle Monument
Gordy & Linda Wilkins
Pony Express Trail Association


The Scott’s Bluff Pony Express station was located 589 feet distant on a true azimuth of 206 degrees from here. When the Pony Express ended in 1861 the station still served the stage line until that line was moved in July of 1862. The site then became a local ranch.

In 1864 the military opened a new post here to protect the nearby transcontinental telegraph line. In 1865 it was called Fort Mitchell.

The two adjoining granite monuments were moved here in 2012. The 1923 Oregon Trail monument gave a bearing and distance to the northwest corner of Fort Mitchell . It stood where the Oregon, California and Pony Express Trails crossed. From this monument the trails are now 270 feet due west and the northwest corner is on a true azimuth of 199 degrees and is 155 feet distant.
 
Erected 2013 by James Stretesky, Joseph L. Schroeder, Panhandle Monument, Gordy & Linda Wilkins, Pony Express Trail Association. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Marker series.
Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
2. Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker
This marker is included in the Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 51.941′ N, 103° 43.624′ W. Marker is in Mitchell, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is at the intersection of Nebraska Route 92 and Hunt Dairy Road, on the right when traveling east on State Route 92. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180397 Nebraska Route 92, Mitchell NE 69357, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mitchell, 1864-1867 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Mitchell, 1864-1867 (approx. ¾ mile away); The Way West (approx. 2.3 miles away); The River Route (approx. 2.3 miles away); Scott Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 2.4 miles away); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Bullwhackers (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mitchell.
 
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Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
3. Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station Marker
Pony Express Trail marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
4. Pony Express Trail marker
To the brave men who rode the Pony Express
Placed by Katahdin Chapter (D.A.R.), 1932
Illustrated Map of Pony Express Route in 1860 by William Henry Jackson image. Click for full size.
By William Henry Jackson
5. Illustrated Map of Pony Express Route in 1860 by William Henry Jackson
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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