Ogallala in Keith County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sand Hill Station
National Pony Express Centennial Association
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Chairman
Waddell F. Smith – President
Marvin F. Kivett – Director, Nebraska
Erected 1967 by National Pony Express Centennial Association & Keith County Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 6.314′ N, 101° 43.203′ W. Marker is in Ogallala, Nebraska, in Keith County. Marker is at the intersection of Lawrence Road and West Road 80, on the left when traveling north on Lawrence Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in Ogallala's Tri-Trails Park, 1 mile south of Ogallala and 1 block west of Nebraska Highway 61. Marker is in this post office area: Ogallala NE 69153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oregon Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Interstate 80 (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Union Pacific (approx. 1.4 miles away); California Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Highways 26 and 92 (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Mormon Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Great Platte River Road (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ogallala.
More about this marker. Tri-Trails Park celebrates the geographic crossing of three major historic trails that passed through Keith County, Nebraska during the 1800s: the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail and the Great Western Cattle Trail (a.k.a. the Texas Trail). The triangle-shaped stone displays two Pony Express Markers. This huge stone was hauled in to Tri-Trails Park by the Grapes family and Art Anderson. This monument was dedicated on June 6, 1965, at the annual spring meeting of the Nebraska State Historical Society, which was held in Ogallala that year. Mr. Anderson mounted the round (1960) Pony Express Centennial marker, which featured the three faces of the founders
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Ogallala Tri-Trails Park
Also see . . . The Pony Express Trail. The Pony Express Trail followed the Oregon Trail through Keith County. A recent National Trails System mapping marks the Pony Express Trail running along the south side of the river, just north of Tri-Trails Park, between Shopko and Dairy Queen. There were three Pony Express stations in Keith County. The Sand Hills Station, also known as Gillís Station, was believed to be located a short distance northeast of Tri-Trails Park. The other two, Alkali Lake Station and Diamond Springs Station, were 12 miles east and 12 miles west, respectively, of Sand Hills. The Pony Express was a key factor in keeping California (and its gold) in the Union, entering the Civil War. The fastest run was made in March of 1861, carrying President Lincolnís inauguration speech to California in 7 days, 17 hours. The Pony Express was short-lived, but it continues (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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