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Learn About The Pony Express

 
 
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By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
1. Learn About The Pony Express Marker
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This replica Pony Express station (built by the National Pony Express Association, Utah Division) was used as a demonstration exhibit during the 2002 Winter Olympics hosted by Salt Lake City. Learn about the day-to-day life of a station keeper here.

This heroic monument captures artist Avard Fairbanks' mastery of anatomy, action, balance, and rhythm. It honors the courage and endurance of the young Pony Express riders as well as the unsung heroes-the station keepers.

Western Mounted Mail Carrier by Lloyd Branson, Courtesy National Postal Museum
National Pony Express Association riders greet visitors at the replica station
Salt Lake House Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.
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Pony Express Monument and Station Trail
When we started out we were never to turn back, no matter what happened, until the mail was delivered at the next home station. We had to be ready to start back at a half-minute's notice, let it be day or night, rain or shine.
-Pony Express rider Elijah Nicholas Wilson, 1919
White Indian Boy: My Life Among the Shoshones

The Pony Express
The Pony Express has fascinated Americans since its first riders hit leather in April 1860, heading west from St. Joseph, Missouri, and east from San Francisco, California. This innovative overland mail service lasted only 18 months, but it created an immediate sensation and won a permanent place in the history of the American West.

The legend of “The Pony," as it was affectionately known, may overshadow its brief history, but the bold founders and brave riders of the Pony Express helped spread important news and bind a nation being torn apart by civil war.

Explore & Learn More
Follow the paved pathway to several exhibits and features to learn more about the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Pony Express riders passed near this location as they carried mail

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By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
2. National Pony Express Monument
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west to Sacramento, California and back east to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1860 and 1861.

Look for a granite marker, a bronze sculpture by Avard Fairbanks, and a replica Pony Express station cabin. Peek inside the cabin and imagine what life was like for station keepers. Look for exhibits along the trail to learn more.

The Trail Came Here
The rider and mail left St. Joseph , Missouri and followed the Platte and Sweetwater rivers to South Pass, Wyoming and over the continental divide to Salt Lake City, Utah. From here he rode across the Utah and Nevada deserts, up and over the Sierra Nevada into California, as fast as man and horse could go day and night for 10 days or less.

The Pony Express rider came through Emigration Canyon, behind you, and continued to the Salt Lake House downtown on Main Street.
 
Erected by National Pony Express Association, Utah Division; National Park Service; This Is The Place Heritage Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1860.
 
Location. 40° 45.132′ N, 111° 49.155′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Sunnyside Avenue South. Monument is located on the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601 East Sunnyside Ave, 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. In Ten Days or Less... (within shouting distance

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By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
3. Replica Stage Station
of this marker); A Moment in Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express Goes to the Olympics (within shouting distance of this marker); Unsung Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (about 700 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 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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May. 15, 2021