“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Silver Springs in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Longest Ride

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By Lance C Johnson, April 20, 2021
1. The Longest Ride Marker

In the spring of 1860, in the midst of the Pyramid Lake War, Robert "Pony Bob" Haslam left Friday's Station (Lake Tahoe) with the eastbound mail and made his way toward Buckland Station. When Pony Bob reached the Carson River, 60 miles into his trip, he found that all the horses in the area had been seized for use in the war. He rode 15 miles further to Buckland Station on the nearly exhausted horse. Johnson Richardson, Pony Bob's relief rider at Buckland Station, refused to ride, fearful of possible attack from Paiutes. This was the only time a Pony Express rider refused to ride and Richardson was rightfully branded as a coward. Within ten minutes Pony Bob was again back in the saddle. After passing through Carson Sink, Sand Springs, and Cold Springs, he covered 190 miles and turned the mochila over to J.G. Kelly at Smith's Creek.

After a nine hour rest, Pony Bob received the westbound mail and began the return trip. The Cold Springs station had been raided, leaving a dead shopkeeper and no horses. He rode an additional 37 miles in the dark before he received a fresh horse at Sand Springs. It has been said that
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By Lance C Johnson, April 20, 2021
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Pony Bob even rode right through the middle of a group of Paiutes heading in the same direction. He finally reached Buckland Station without a mishap and within three and one half hours of the scheduled time. Pony Bob then continued to ride his route back to Friday's Station.

The 380 mile round trip accomplished in just 36 hours would become the longest on record for the Pony Express.
Dedicated July 25, 2015 (6020)
by the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827
of the Ancient and Honorable E Clampus Vitus

Erected 2015 by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 39° 17.663′ N, 119° 15.073′ W. Marker is in Silver Springs, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 95 south of Fort Churcholl Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Springs NV 89429, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bucklands Station Famous Historical Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Buckland's Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing Paths (about 400 feet away, measured in
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a direct line); Stockton Well (approx. 6.7 miles away); Desert Well Station (approx. 7.8 miles away); Wabuska (approx. 11.1 miles away); Williams Station (approx. 13˝ miles away); Lahontan Dam (approx. 15.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Lance C Johnson of Sun Valley, Nevada. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Lance C Johnson of Sun Valley, Nevada. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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