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The Sam Macchette Station was erected in 1854 on the Oregon Trail and was used as a Fur Trading Post & Ranch House. From 1860-1861 the station was used as a Pony Express Station. After the Pony Express ended, the station was used as an Overland Trail Stage Station, bunk house, storage house, and dwelling until 1931. In 1931 Mrs. C.A. Williams donated the station to the city of Gothenburg. The city had it moved from its original site to Ehmen Park inside Gothenburg city limits. The station was dedicated to "All Pioneers Who Passed This Way, To Win and Hold the West."Take a look at our Gothenburg route builder to schedule your visit to Original Pony Express Station & Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
The first Pony Express Ride was on April 3rd, 1860, it began in St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacramento, CA. This first trip took nine days and 23 hours, this was less than half the time of the fastest stages!
President Lincoln's Inaugural Speech marks the record run. The speech was carried for 1,996 miles and took 7 days and 17 hours to reach it's destination.
Only one man was killed and scalped by the Indians. Many man were killed by Indians, however, at the stations. Bannock, Piute & Shoshone would burn the stations and destroy property, frequently.
Due to the completion of the Overland Telegraph, the Pony Express was discontinued after 16 months. The founders, Russell, Majors & Waddell lost $100,000 in the operation of the Pony Express.
Original Pony Express Station & Museum reviews
Sometimes it really pays to get off the beaten path and see some lesser know places. The town of Gothenburg and the Pony Express Station were very interesting and educational. Although very famous...
Sometimes it really pays to get off the beaten path and see some lesser know places. The town of Gothenburg and the Pony Express Station were very interesting and educational. Although very famous... more »
Worth a stop on a cross-country trip. This historic landmark is small, but set within a charming park in an equally charming small town. So glad to see it being preserved. It makes a very nice and.... more
Worth a stop on a cross-country trip. This historic landmark is small, but set within a charming park in an equally charming small town. So glad to see it being preserved. It makes a very nice and.... more »
Love the history and display of genuine artifacts inside the Pony Express building. Interesting info; inside is a desk or counter where you can buy things. But take a look at the counter top. I now wish I would have taken a picture, but under the glass top are almost 4,000 pennies, all the Lincoln heads are up and facing the same direction. The use of shiny and tarnished heads are placed so perfectly to spell out a phrase... It's worth the trip to see this history and while doing it, see what all the pennies spell out.
Fun clean area to see a little bit of American history. Clerk was very knowledgeable. And I have to post a picture of the poppies that were across the street. They were the biggest I have ever seen.
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