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Murray in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Pony Express Station

 
 
Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Johnson, September 25, 2018
1. Pony Express Station Marker
Inscription.  The pony express epoch began simultaneously April 3, 1860 with riders starting at St. Joseph, Missouri, and San Francisco, California. It was a 1966 mile journey and reduced the time of transmitting news across the country from approximately 21 to 10 days. Nearly one hundred stations were established. This spot marks the first station south of Salt Lake City. It was a small adobe building known as Travelers’ Rest. Here riders exchanged horses and received needed repairs, food, or lodging. With the inception of telegraph the pony express was abolished in October, 1861.

Our D.U.P. pony express monument originally stood at 6460 South State Street where it was demolished in a car accident. Plans for the building of an interstate highway at that location made it necessary to erect a new monument here.
 
Erected 1960 by Pony Express Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 259.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsRoads & Vehicles
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. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 3, 1860.
 
Location. 40° 39.391′ N, 111° 52.714′ W. Marker is in Murray, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from 5300 South, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Murray Smelting (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Cottonwood Temple Granite Rest Camp (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Old Rock Granary (approx. 0.7 miles away); South Cottonwood Campground (approx. 0.7 miles away); Millrace (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Mark’s / Westminster School of Nursing (approx. 2˝ miles away); Traders Rest (approx. 2˝ miles away); Union Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murray.
 
More about this marker. Marker has been moved from its original location at 6460 South State Street.
 
Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Johnson, September 25, 2018
2. Pony Express Station Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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