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April 3: The end of Jesse James was just the beginning of a trail of blood

April 3, 1882, was a bad day for Jesse James. A very bad day, in fact. I’ve always been intrigued by his killing. It happened in my birthplace. St. Joseph, Mo., the place “where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended.” My great-grandfather Elisha Powell even got a postmortem peek at the famous outlaw … Continued

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YEARS AGO FOR APRIL 3

1860: The legendary Pony Express begins carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.) Read More… 

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Today in Nebraska-April

April 3   1860 — The Pony Express began operations, crossing parts of Nebraska.   Read More … 

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Pony Express: Van Sickle Station

The second Pony Express Station encountered when traveling east from Friday’s Station at the California/Nevada State Line is Van Sickle Station at the bottom of Old Kingsbury Grade in Carson Valley. In 1857, rancher Henry Van Sickle constructed a two-story hotel with a bar, kitchen and a store to cater to the needs of emigrants … Continued

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THE PONY EXPRESS RIDES AGAIN!

A trail of dust appears in the distance as a young, weathered rider emerges across rolling hills of cheatgrass and sagebrush. The sounds of the exhausted man and his animal break the tranquility of this peaceful scene as they finish their leg of the rugged trail. A new rider and horse stand in the shade … Continued

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The Pony Express and Reno Rodeo Association will honor veterans at the 100 Year Anniversary of the Reno Rodeo on Patriots Night.

On June 21, 2019 in the Reno Rodeo Main Arena, The National Pony Express Association (NPEA) will be delivering Pony Letters for Veterans via horseback at the Reno Rodeo on Patriots Night. These letters will be handed over to the Veterans Coalition. Come to the Rodeo wearing your red, white, and blue on Patriots Night … Continued

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Lost Skills of the Pony Express

A Brief Chapter By the mid-1800s, the population of California had exploded. Residents were eager to correspond with connections back east, but communication required incredible patience; mail delivery took a month by boat or overland stage. By the late 1850s, a trio of enterprising freighting firm owners supported the idea of an express overland mail … Continued

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Pony Express stamps make splash in high-dollar collections

Pony Express stamps make splash in high-dollar collections Watch the Video

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On The Golden Anniversary Of The National Trails System

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act of 1968. Among his conservation credentials, President Lyndon Johnson voiced the significance of trails. In his February, 1965 address to Congress, President Johnson stated, “In the back country we need to copy the great Appalachian Trail in all parts of America, and to … Continued

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Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us

In its day, the Pony Express was like the Twitter or Facebook of the mid-1800s: a means of communication that could move information across the North American continent faster than ever before, though it was powered by horses. Read More …