Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Autry National Center
—Griﬃth Park —
The Pony Express was an ultra-fast but short-lived mail service that ran between the East and West from 1860 to 1861. The roughly 1,900-mile route began in Missouri and passed through Wyoming and Utah before crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain range to reach its destination in Sacramento. Riders exchanged horses at more than 180 stations during this journey, which took between nine and ten days, and for which they were paid around $25 a week (compared to the going rate of $1 a week for skilled labor).
"Special Delivery" depicts the critical moment when Pony Express riders carried Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address from a telegraph station in Nebraska to newspapers in California in the record time of seven days and seventeen hours. Although it lasted only eighteen months, the image of the Pony Express lingers to this day as a symbol of the daring enterprise that many consider emblematic of the Western spirit.
Erected 2011 by Autry National Center.
Location. 34° 8.924′ N, 118° 16.892′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Western Heritage Way south of Zoo Drive. Touch for map. The Autry National Center is adjacent to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adobe of the Rancho Los Feliz (approx. 1.1 miles away); Spirit of the CCC (approx. 1˝ miles away); Casa Adobe de San Rafael (approx. 1.6 miles away); William Mulholland (approx. 2.3 miles away); El Miradero (approx. 2.3 miles away); James Dean (approx. 2.4 miles away); Miss American Green Cross (approx. 2.4 miles away); Doctors House (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Also see . . . The Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage - now called "The Autry National Center". (Submitted on May 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Gene Autry, "The Singing Cowboy"
Categories. • Animals • Communications • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on August 16, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.