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Westward Ho: Pony Express re-ride travels through Dawson County

It has been 157 years since the first Pony Express riders raced across the country, and Americans are still enthralled with the history of it. Nothing quite says ‘Old West’ like the Pony Express. Read More …

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Back in Nebraska’s saddle once again

The sleepy world was just opening its eyes as I drove across flat Nebraska farmland shortly after dawn June 7. I was headed out to Fort Kearny, where a Pony Express re-enactment rider would arrive around 7 a.m. Read more ….

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Pony Express trots through 157th year, locals ride

Although the 157th, 1,966-mile commemorative Re-Ride began June 5 at the former headquarters for the pony express in St. Joseph, Mo., and is now bound for Sacramento, Calif., the Nebraska Division of the National Pony Express Association began its ride March 1 at the State Capitol in Lincoln. Read more ….

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Pony Express gallops through the Valley

Back in 1860,  a small group of riders for the Pony Express would make the ten day trek from Missouri to California to deliver letters. Despite lasting less than two years, the legacy of the nearly 2,000 mile route lives on today. Read more ….

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Pony Express passes through Dawson County

GOTHENBURG — A Pony Express station on private land was opened to the public briefly on Wednesday as the National Pony Express Association Re-ride passed through the area. Midway Station, located three miles south of Gothenburg and a mile to the east on the 96 Ranch, was the site of a mochila hand-off during the … Continued

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The 2017 Pony Express Re-Ride Makes It’s Way Through Nebraska.

South of Gothenburg on the 96 Ranch sits the well preserved, original Gothenburg Midway Pony Express Station. This was the sight of one of the hand-offs during the 2017 National Pony Express Re-Ride. Just before taking off, riders gathered at the sight to sign the mochila that carries over a thousand letters. Read more ….

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Keeping The Pony Express Alive In Nebraska

Riders set out across Jefferson County on Tuesday, riding from the southeast corner of the county to the Thayer County Line, as part of a ride to keep the memory of the Pony Express alive and well. Dean Atkin, National President of the Pony Express Association, stopped at Rock Creek Station to see the hand … Continued

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Riders recreate historic Pony Express

This week, history enthusiasts are traveling half way across the country to recreate the Pony Express. The mail system from 1860 was a horse–relay mail delivery system spanning about 2,000 miles from Missouri to California. It changed the way America communicated between the east and the west. Read more ….

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Pony Express gallops to bring history back to life

KEARNEY — As the sun rose this morning east of Fort Kearny State Historical Park, horses and riders from central Nebraska gathered in anticipation of taking their turns in an event to carry the mail by horseback on the St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., route made famous by the Pony Express. Read more ….

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Triumph and Tragedy on the Trail

GERING — The Pony Express is a symbol of triumphing over the odds to deliver the mail across the country. The Donner Party tragedy continues to reverberate today as a major disaster in trail history. Read more ….