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Would you like to step back in time and visit a town rich in history and heritage, a town that played an important part in the development of the American west? Would you like to see where the Pony Express originated and where Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, died?

Well, if so, then St. Joseph, Missouri is the town for you!

St. Joseph was the departure point for many wagon trains filled with pioneers who were intent on fulfilling their dreams of new homes in new exciting places. St. Joseph also provided the goods and equipment for thousands of the the '49ers who were rushing to the gold fields of California during the Gold Rush era. In fact, more travelers left from St. Joseph than from any other river town. But probably, the most exciting period began with the first Pony Express rider who set out for Sacramento, California carrying mail to the western frontier. This period has been immortalized in many American western movies.

St. Joseph is filled with old homes and period architecture. You can spend an entire day just visiting old homes and buildings. Many homes and buildings have been restored, including the home where Jesse James lived and was killed, and there are many more in the process of being restored. St. Joseph is also filled with museums and each tells a part of the town's fascinating past.

So take a trip to St. Jo and find out why St. Jo is the way to go!

We're The Riders

by Dave Rhodes

It's a thankless life we lead
‘cause nobody knows our names.
We are silhouettes on the hills
and shadows on the plains.

What we carry runs the nation
and we execute our duty well.
We're the Pony Express riders,
the boys that carry the mail.

We've been shot at and ambushed,
chased down and almost kilt,
soaked through and frozed,
survived heat that made us wilt.

The food is a little scarce
and the pay is hardly scale.
We're the Pony Express riders,
the boys that carry the mail.

We're all excellent horsemen
and the mustang is our ride . . .
the wilder and faster the better
to get the job done in stride.

An oath we all took in earnest
and made a promise not to fail.
We're the Pony Express riders,
the boys that carry the mail.

You could say that we are brave
and we have all been scared,
but mostly we're just too young
to know what should be feared.

Racing time and the telegraph
out here on the lonely trail . . .
we're the Pony Express riders,
the boys that carry the mail.

©Copyright 1998, David E. Rhodes

Reprinted with permission from David E. Rhodes

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  • Last visit to Saint Joseph: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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