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Pony Express Cold Springs Station

 
 
Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>side 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
1. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
(side 1)
Dedicated June 15, 2002
Cold Springs
added station
Jul. 1, 1861 – Nov. 20, 1861
Located 1600’ south
by
Lincoln County
James Stretesky
Nebraskaland Days, Inc.
Nebraskaland National Bank
North Platte/Lincoln County CVB
Lincoln County Historical Society
Pony Express Trail Association

(side 2)
Lincoln County Nebraska has 5 Pony Express Station sites.
Traveling west they are:
1. Gilman’s
2. Cottonwood Sprigns
3. Cold Springs
4. Fremont Springs
5. Dorsey’s

Cottonwood Springs and Fremont Springs were two of the original 84 Pony Express Stations used on the initial April 3, 1860 trip between St. Joseph, Missouri and San Francisco, California.

On July 1, 1861 the company operating the Pony Express started to run a near Daily stagecoach service and their twice a week Pony Express operation both East and West bound. New “added stations” were needed to serve the stagecoach. The Pony Express would also use theses “added stations.” The new stations were Gilman’s, Cold Springs and Dorsey’s in this area.
© 2002 Joe Nardone
 
Erected 2002 by Lincoln County Historical Society & Pony Express Trail
Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
2. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (side 2)
Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 6.282′ N, 100° 48.527′ W. Marker is in North Platte, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker is on West Walker Road 0.9 miles west of South Buffalo Bill Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south side of the highway, between the highway and a barbed-wire cattle fence. Marker is in this post office area: North Platte NE 69101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States POW-MIA History (approx. 2.4 miles away); 20th Century Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Statue of Liberty Replica (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Glory Blowout (approx. 3.2 miles away); 100th Meridian (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lincoln County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sioux Lookout (approx. 3.2 miles away); Scout's Rest (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Platte.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large gray granite monument, engraved on both sides and on the base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cold Springs. This site, which served as a relay station for
Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>side 1; wide view looking west along Walker Road</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
3. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (side 1; wide view looking west along Walker Road)
the Pony Express, is thought to have been located near Box Elder Creek, two miles south and one mile west of present-day North Platte, in Lincoln County, Nebraska. The station was listed on the 1861 Overland Mail Company contract. Some historians note confusion between Cold Springs and Jack Morrow’s Ranch, also called the Junction House, which was located twelve miles from Cottonwood Springs. The Cold Springs Pony Express Marker is located approximately one-half mile west of S. Buffalo Bill Ave. on Walker Road. (Submitted on October 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Cold Springs Pony Express Station, as told by: Molly Nightingale, Madrid, Nebraska. My family has owned this farm since 1900, and I have extensively studied it's history. There is a raised mound several feet high at the location I have marked, about 20 ft across, which was pointed out to my great-grandfather at the time of purchase as the remains of the sod station building. Local historians now gone knew it was there, and used to come metal detect for buttons, shells, etc, that helped them determine where a road ranch building, blacksmith shop, and corrals may have been. Three years ago, the Nebraska Game and Parks also acknowledged that it had been on our farm, and had some of their geologists do some work there as well.
Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>side 2; wide view looking east along Walker Road</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
4. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (side 2; wide view looking east along Walker Road)
(Submitted on October 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>wide view looking southeast from Walker Road</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
5. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (wide view looking southeast from Walker Road)
Approximate location of Pony Express Cold Springs Station in background.
Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (<i>view of ranchland beyond marker; looking southwest</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2013
6. Pony Express Cold Springs Station Marker (view of ranchland beyond marker; looking southwest)
Approximate location of Pony Express Cold Springs Station in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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