Pony Express Excursion

  • Start: St. Joseph, MO
  • End: Hanover, KS
  • Last Modified: 2012-05-10 19:13:14
  • Total Mileage: 122 Miles
  • Number of stops: 5


From April 1860 through October 1861, the Pony Express knit together the ragged edges of a young nation. Connecting the western frontier towns of Missouri to the bustling gold mine communities of California, the Pony Express served as the lone overland transmitter of knowledge and news. Base camp for mail heading west was the town of Saint Joseph, Missouri. From here intrepid riders -- some as young as 11 -- left civilization for a long trek over desolate plains, through frequently severe weather, and amidst bands of sometimes-cooperative Indians. Today, a trip west on US 36 from Saint Joseph roughly follows the path that once resonated with the clippity-clop of Pony Express horses.

Stop #2:

Pony Express National Museum
St. Joseph, MO

Stop #3:

Beacon RV Park
St. Joseph, MO

Stop #4:

Original Pony Express Home Station
Marysville, KS

Stop #5:

Hollenberg Pony Express Station
Hanover, KS

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