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

In Ten Days or Less...

 
 
The Crowds Cheered On . . . Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
1. The Crowds Cheered On . . . Marker
Inscription.  In 1845, it took six months to get a message from the east coast of the United States to California—by the time it arrived, the news was old. In the late 1850s, a half million people had migration west, and they wanted up-to-date news from home. Something had to be done to deliver mail faster and to improve communication in the expanding nation.

“The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company,” a subsidiary of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, announced the formation of the Pony Express on January 27, 1860. They planned to carry letter mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California in only ten days. Although the Pony Express was a financially risky enterprise, the company hopes to attract a lucrative contract with the U.S. Postal Service.

Knowing that a healthy horse could run at a full gallop for only 10 to 12 miles, the Pony Express needed stations for its riders to change mounts. They utilized existing stage stations on the eastern end of the route, but needed to build many new stations in remote areas across the Great Basin. Alexander Majors said that 400 to 500 mustang horses
The Crowds Cheered On ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. The Crowds Cheered On ... Marker
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were purchased, 200 men were hired to manage the stations, and 80 riders signed on to begin the run of the Pony Express.

Although the Pony Express captured the admiration, imagination, and hearts of people, it was a financial disaster for its founders. The Pony era, however, was not brought to end by its financial failure, weather, or even problems with Indians—but the completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph on October 26, 1861.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail 🐎 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1900.
 
Location. 40° 45.141′ N, 111° 49.18′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on Sunnyside Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The marker is in “This is the Place” Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Moment in Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Learn About The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Unsung Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express Goes to the Olympics (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Pony Express Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
3. The Pony Express Monument
Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); This is the Place Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Pavilion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pine Valley Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,715 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos:   1. submitted on April 17, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.   2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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