Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Autry National Center
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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 Lincolnís 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 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles CA 90027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Riverside Drive Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Adobe of the Rancho Los Feliz (approx. 1.1 miles away); Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of the Old Los Angeles Zoo (approx. 1.1 miles away); Spirit of the CCC (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Casa Adobe de San Rafael (approx. 1.6 miles away); Korean Comfort Women Statue (approx. 1.6 miles away); Glendale Station Clock (approx. 2.1 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"
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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 553 times since then and 30 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.