Original Pony Express Station & Museum, Gothenburg

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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."

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.
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  • Another treasure off I-80 in Nebraska. Museum for Pony Express is in the city Arboretum. Gift shop lady was very informative. Their selection of postcards was good. History museum across the street...  more »
  • Fascinating history here. Free. Small, well stocked historical place and knowledgeable staff quickly explain the pony express operations to you amidst the original building and souvenirs. Delightful....  more »
  • We stopped here on a road trip across the country and were pleasantly surprised! The building is quaint and full of history. The lady working there was very knowledgeable about the Pony Express and about this museum specifically. Cute place to stop by if you’re on the highway or if you really care about the topic, but I wouldn’t go more than a bit out of the way for it.
  • An excellent stop that was worth a small detour. Knowledgeable and friendly staff was working in the small souvenir shop. My teenager and I wish it was an actual post office that we could have mailed a part card from; that would have really amped up the coolness factor for her. It is still an awesome place to visit.

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