Near McGill in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Pony Express
A Journey Across the American West
Mail From Coast to Coast: During the mid-1800s, American settlers were on the move, relocating from crowded Eastern cities to the untamed wilderness of the West. Many made their way to California. With the surge of settlers, California began to thrive and emerge as a new center of commerce. Businesses and settlers in the West needed a fast way to correspond with their Eastern contemporaries. Recognizing a business opportunity, William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell established the Pony Express. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2,000-mile trail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860.
A Dangerous Ride: 120 young riders carried correspondence through dire conditions, bravely speeding across the prairies, mountains, and deserts with only the whip of the wind at their backs. The brave few faced freezing temperatures, limited supply lines, hostile Native Americans, and dangerous raiders. Many riders were killed while making the journey.
Exchanging Mail at Schell Creek Station: An individual rider did not typically carry the mail for more than 75 miles (or longer than a 24-hour journey). Swing stations and home stations were established to help the riders
The Pony is Replaced: As telegraph lines moved across the West, the Pony Express became obsolete. Schell Creek Station outgrew its purpose. The area was renamed Schellbourne and instead of welcoming dusty, trail-worn Pony Express riders, a small mining community of 400 persons occupied the area.
Erected by Nevada Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 47.84′ N, 114° 44.462′ W. Marker is near McGill, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 93 and White Pine County Road 18 (Route 893), on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is located at the Schellbourne Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Gill NV 89318, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lincoln Highway (here, next to this marker); Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (here, next to this marker); Schellbourne (a few steps from this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... (a few steps from this marker); Speedy Riders (a few steps from this marker); Strength and Endurance (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Creek (approx. 10½ miles away); Cherry Creek School (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McGill.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.