Pony Express

Pony Express (HMVYK)

Location: St Joseph, MO 64501 Buchanan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.98', W 94° 51.651'

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1860 - 1861

On this site, April 3, 1860, a ferry carrying a horse and rider crossed the Missouri River to start a 10 day journey of 1,966 miles to deliver mail to Sacramento, California.

The race against time, elements and a hostile land captured the spirit of Americans, helped hold California for the Union and proved a central overland route was possible.

Operators William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell went broke without a government mail contract, and the telegraph replaced the daring Pony Express riders after 19 months of operation.
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 8:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 340613 N 4403478
Decimal Degrees39.76633333, -94.86085000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.98', W 94° 51.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 58.80" N, 94° 51' 39.06" W
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Area Code(s)816
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104 Francis St, St Joseph MO 64501, US
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