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Julesburg in Sedgwick County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Neither Rain Nor Sleet

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Neither Rain Nor Sleet Marker
Inscription. The Pony Express mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California only lasted a short time in 1860-61, but its romantic image continues to captivate the hearts of the American public. In only 19 months, its riders covered over 600,000 miles and carried nearly 35,000 pieces of mail.

Russell, Majors and Waddell established nearly 200 relay and home stations along the route. Horses were exchanged at relay stations located every ten to twelve miles. Riders were expected to cover 76 to 100 miles between home stations.

Julesburg was the site of the only home station in Colorado. The arrival of the telegraph spelled the end of the Pony Express.

The First Communications Superhighway
The Pony Express mail service carried telegraphic dispatches in 10 days and letters in 13 days between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The cost? Only $5 per half-ounce.

 
Location. 40° 56.329′ N, 102° 21.704′ W. Marker is in Julesburg, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on County Route 28 6 miles west of U.S. 385, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Julesburg CO 80737, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overland City (here, next

Neither Rain Nor Sleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. Neither Rain Nor Sleet Marker
to this marker); Old Julesburg (here, next to this marker); A Moving Story (here, next to this marker); Julesburg in Ashes (here, next to this marker); Hard Duty on the Plains (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sugar Town (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Julesburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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