Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Daring riders sped the mail from Missouri to California in ten days
Go back in time to 1860 or 1861 and picture the traffic on the Oregon Trail – the freight wagons and stagecoaches, and the emigrants, soldiers, and Indians. But most colorful, perhaps, was the Pony Express rider streaking through Scotts Bluff.
Mark Twain witnessed the passing of “the Pony” from a stagecoach just a few miles from here:
“ . . . nearer and still nearer, and the flutter of the hoofs comes faintly to the ear – another instant a whoop and a hurrah from our upper deck, a wave of the rider’s hand, but no reply, and man and horse burst past our excited face, and go swinging away like a belated fragment of a storm!”
The famed Pony Express operated for only a year and a half. In October 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph connected through here to California, and the era of the Pony Express came to an end.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 50.09′ N, 103° 41.983′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, at the end of the South Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Overland Experience (here, next to this marker); Scotts Bluff (here, next to this marker); Remnant Highlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Way West (approx. 0.4 miles away); The River Route (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. The center of the marker contains a picture of a Pony Express rider and has a caption of “Pony riders ran 12 to 15 miles between stations where they mounted fresh horses.” On the right is a picture of men erecting telegraph lines. It has a caption of “The first transcontinental telegraph line followed the route of the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express through Scotts Bluff.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.