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The National Pony Express Monument

 
 
National Pony Express Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. National Pony Express Monument and Marker
Inscription. A Moment in Time. Running as fast as the mustang pony could run, Pony Express riders raced across nearly 1900 miles of wilderness carrying the U.S. Mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. With nostrils flaring, lungs gasping for air, and muscles burning every ounce of energy the pony could muster, horse and rider climbed over mountains, crossed dry deserts, and forded rivers and streams through cold of winter, heat of summer, and threat of life—setting a delivery record unsurpassed by anything else in the early 1860s. The legend of the “pony,” a race against time and a test of extreme endurance, quickly found a place in the hearts and emotions of Americans that still lives today.

Carefully study the genius of the Avard Fairbanks’ Pony Express Monument. Fairbanks sculpture is a study in contrasts that captures a moment in history while symbolizing the interdependency of generations - the rider depending on the station keeper to be there for him as the younger generation depends on the older one and the older generations bidding farewell to the younger—an interdependence uniting young and old, and man and beast.

Dr. Fairbanks believes that great sculpture comprises the mastery of four elements—anatomy, action, balance, and rhythm. He used these to contrast the vigor of the fresh horse versus the fatigue
Reconstructed barn and corral image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Reconstructed barn and corral
of the spent horse, the excitement of the youthful rider charging off (his foot barely in the stirrup) versus the solidarity of the old station keeper who kept the horse waiting and bids “Godspeed” to the rider as he gallops away.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 40° 45.137′ N, 111° 49.198′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Sunnyside Avenue. Touch for map. It is located in “This is the Place” Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unsung Heroes ( within shouting distance of this marker); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain ( approx. 0.2 miles away); This is the Place Monument ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The Crowds Cheered On . . . ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Donner Hill ( approx. one mile away); L.D.S. Tenth Ward Square ( approx. 2.6 miles away); The Old Sugar House ( approx. 2.8 miles away); Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal ( approx. 2.8 miles away); Liberty Park ( approx. 2.8 miles away); Pioneer Home ( approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
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Pony Express Monument, by Avard Fairbanks image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
3. Pony Express Monument, by Avard Fairbanks
Avard T. Fairbanks (1897–1987) created this life-sized work in plaster over wood and wire in 1947 for a parade float. In 1998 it was replicated in bronze by Robert Shure.
 The National Pony Express Monument. (Submitted on July 8, 2007.)
 
Additional keywords. Pony Express
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
The National Pony Express Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Rezac, May 15, 2010
4. The National Pony Express Monument Marker
The National Pony Express Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Rezac
5. The National Pony Express Monument Marker
Rider Reminiscences image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
6. Rider Reminiscences
"My run on that record-breaking ride was 57 miles. We did not have stations then change our horses. I had to make it with just one horse and I made the run in mighty good time considering the distance, but I killed the poor horse doing it. He was so stiff the next morning we couldn't get him out of the stable." George Washington Perkins
Rider Reminiscences image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
7. Rider Reminiscences
"Relays were ten to twenty miles apart. The horses were always ready and often the change from one horse to another was made in less than a minute. At some places I was given a canvas bag of food which I ate as I rode." Frank H. Gould
Rider Reminiscences image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
8. Rider Reminiscences
"I took the Express from Ruby Valley, Nevada to Salt Lake City, a distance of 300 miles in 34 hours, using six horses and two mules. Several stations were burned on the road and several animals stolen ... in November, 1860 I carried the Presidential election returns west over 75 miles ... The news was carried 1,966 miles from St. Joe, Missouri to San Francisco in less than eight days, the fastest time ever made by the Pony Express." William Frederick Fisher
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,158 times since then and 299 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 5, 2007. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2010, by John Rezac of Salt Lake City, Utah.   6, 7, 8. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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