Pony Express Museum, Saint Joseph

The Pony Express was founded by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors. Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.
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  • Stopped with your group . Learned about the history of pony express , the exhibits were good and had lots of displays and information. Recommend to stop is touring the area  more »
  • This is the original stable for the Pony Express. Learn about its riders. Worth the stop to enjoy the historical recreations.  more »
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  • We were so impressed with this museum! The displays are great and they have so much information posted. We spent 2 hours here and could have taken longer! It was so much better than we had imagined. We were wishing the grandchildren were with us because they would have enjoyed it as well. Lots here for the young and the older patrons.
  • The Pony Express National Museum is a phenomenal place to visit. It provides a wealth of information about the short lived postal service that is presented in a fun and interactive manner. The self guided tour offers enough historical information to satisfy a history buffs appetite, as well as stunning art, captivating displays all the while maintaining a playful feel that caters to a younger audience. My 3 daughters and I enjoyed it very much. Definitely worth the $6.00 admission.

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