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"Nebraska" United States of America Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Nickname: Cornhusker State; Land Area: 76,878 square miles (199,100 square kilometers); Population: 1,826,341; Capital: Lincoln; Largest City: Omaha

The Original Pony Express Station is located two miles (three kilometers) north of Interstate 80 in Gothenburg. The log cabin also served as a trading post, ranch house, and stagecoach stop.

In 1860, the Pony Express was formed as a quick way to deliver mail to communities and farms in the growing West. The route stretched 1,996 miles (3,164 kilometers) from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Young boys, the most famous of whom was Billy Cody, who later became known as Buffalo Bill, raced their ponies along the route, stopping often to deliver mail and change ponies at stations along the way. Riders rode from 75 to 100 miles (121 to 160 kilometers) per day, and changed horses every ten to 15 miles (16 to 24 kilometers).

By 1861, the Pony Express was rendered obsolete when telegraph lines were strung along the route, and Wells Fargo stagecoaches began to travel along the Platte River Valley on their way from Omaha to Sacramento. Although short-lived, the Pony Express has become part of the legend of the opening of the American West.

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