“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Crowds Cheered On . . .

The Crowds Cheered On ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
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 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,
The Pony Express Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. The Pony Express Monument
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 40° 45.129′ N, 111° 48.969′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Sunnyside Avenue. Touch for map. It is 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. This is the Place Monument (a few steps from this marker); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Pony Express Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unsung Heroes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donner Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); L.D.S. Tenth Ward Square (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dudler's Inn (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dudler's Wine Cellar (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Old Sugar House (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
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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 1,569 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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