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1860: Pony Express

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

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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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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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History comes alive at Buckland Station

By March 1860, Buckland had erected a large ranch house that contained a trading post, tavern and hotel. He also agreed to allow the Pony Express to utilize his facility. Read More …

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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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Applications coming due for Pony Express re-ride

This year’s Uinta County leg of the annual Pony Express re-ride will be on June 15. Participants will receive mail at 6 p.m. in Granger and carry it to the Utah border near Evanston, where Utah riders will carry it on toward California. Read More …

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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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Grand Island Independent – Public invited to send letters to veterans

The letters will receive a special stamp showing that they were carried on horseback by the Pony Express. They will be carried via horseback into the arena to be given June 21 to the Veterans Coalition at the 100th anniversary of the Reno Rodeo on Patriots Night. They then will be distributed to U.S. veterans. … Continued