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Favorite thing: Visit the Pony Express Museum.

It's hard to imagine a lone rider setting out with saddlebags crammed with the hopes and dreams of families and friends of those who had moved to the western frontier. The riders traveled 2,000 miles to Sacramento, California. These were brave, young men who faced harsh weather conditions and terrain in their attempt to get the mail through. The museum has many exhibits, some you can interact with. There is a 70-foot diorama, showing the different terrain allong the route taken by the riders.It's hard to believe that out of the 120 riders who traveled 650,000 miles, only one was killed by indians, one schedule was not completed and one mail lost.

The Pony Express ran from April 3, 1860, to October 24, 1861, when the telegraph put it out of business. When the Pony Express delivered President Lincoln’s inaugural speech in 1861, it was their fastest time on record. They carried the mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in seven days and seventeen hours, despite the harsh March weather.

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  • Updated Oct 11, 2002
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