Near Chappell in Deuel County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hughes’ Ranch Pony Express Station
In Search of the Pony Express Stations
July 1, 1861 - Nov. 20. 1861
Sterling Monument Company
Pony Express Trail Association
Hughes’ Ranch was located on a true azimuth of 282 degrees and was 4,813 feet from this site. It was also called Nine Mile Station. It was not one of the original stations.
The original stations were Overland City (Julesburg), Pole Creek, Mud Springs and Chimney Rock along this part of the trail known as “Jules Stretch”. It was named after Jules Beni who ran the stage station at Overland City and who Julesburg is named after.
On July 1, 1861 a new mail contract called for a near daily stagecoach and a twice a week Pony Express service going both ways. the exixting (sic) stations were too far apart for the stagecoach. Two new “added” stations were built along Lodgepole Creek. They were Hughes’ Ranch and Texas which was also known as Pole Creek No. 2 and both “added” stations were used by the stagecoach and Pony Express.
Erected 2003 by Deuel County Historical Society, James Stretesky, Sterling Monument Company, Pony
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 3.301′ N, 102° 24.985′ W. Marker is near Chappell, Nebraska, in Deuel County. Marker is on Gold Rush Byway (U.S. 385), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chappell NE 69129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. See and Do,Off the Byway (approx. 6.7 miles away in Colorado); Prisoners on the Plains / Ride 'Em Cowboy (approx. 6.7 miles away in Colorado); Fort Sedgwick (approx. 6.7 miles away in Colorado); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 6.7 miles away in Colorado); Sugar Town (approx. 6.7 miles away in Colorado); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 7.5 miles away in Colorado); Hard Duty on the Plains (approx. 8.3 miles away in Colorado); Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory (approx. 8.3 miles away in Colorado).
More about this marker. This marker is on U.S. Highway 385, just south of the U.S. Interstate 80 overpass.
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