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Museums see attendance drop due to pandemic

Their doors now are open, but officials at several St. Joseph museums say attendance continues to be sluggish as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Now they are left searching for answers on how to get visitors inside while losing opportunities for bus tours and large group events. The Patee House Museum has seen admissions drop by … Continued

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Patee House gets new roof

The Patee House is receiving a new roof after a storm in June tore off about a third and sent it into the street. Read More…………

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Pony Express sees over 1,100 visitors on family fun day

On Monday, the Pony Express Museum opened its doors at 10 a.m. for Free Family Fun Day, and within two hours, over 500 people had visited the national museum. By the end of the day, 1,187 people had visited, more than doubling the attendance at the event last year. Read More……..

2019

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St. Joseph: Where the west started to get wild

St. Joseph takes on the mantra of “where the west officially started getting wild,” and rightfully so, as this Missouri city is where the infamous Jesse James was murdered. However, the city is known for much more, including the beginnings of the Pony Express. History comes into focus with a visit to the Pony Express … Continued

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Pony Express re-ride kicks off in St. Joseph

The annual Pony Express Re-ride kicked off in St. Joseph at the Patee House Museum on Monday. There are 600 riders who take commemorative letters and personal mail from the Missouri River all the way to Sacramento, California, over a 10-day period, 24 hours a day.  more…

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FROM MAIL TO MILEAGE

Woman bikes Pony Express Trail from start to finish For those in St. Joseph, the Pony Express is something that can sometimes seem contained within the city limits, with museums, statues and events dedicated to the mail service synonymous with the Old West. But for Jan Bennett, the Pony Express reaches far beyond St. Joseph, … Continued

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Historically Yours: USPO honors Pony Express

Historically Yours: Pony Express cuts mail delivery time in half In 1850, California joined the Union and a faster means of communication was needed between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Three businessmen — William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell — came up with a plan to reduce the delivery time by more than … Continued

2018

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Hall of Riders Opening Fall 2017 (Pony Express Museum, St Joseph, MO)

Hall of Riders Opening Fall 2017 Submitted by Heidi Hornaday, Acquisitions & Exhibits Committee Chair The Pony Express National Museum opened a major new exhibit, Hall of Riders, this fall in the Messick Gallery. “The riders are the heart and soul of the Pony Express. An exhibit focusing on them was part of the original … Continued

2017

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Ingenuity in Connection From the Pony Express

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — For a very brief moment in time, swift communication in this country began and ended here at a set of modest stables located along the lush winding shores of the Missouri River. Read More …

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NPEA Annual Re-ride Starts in St. Joseph, Missouri

More than 700 riders began the mail service trip by horse in Missouri on Monday, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported. They’ll travel nearly 2,000 miles via the Pony Express National Historic Trail through Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California by June 15. Read more ….