"Saddle and Mochila"

"Saddle and Mochila" (HMVYU)

Location: St Joseph, MO 64501 Buchanan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.99', W 94° 51.408'

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On April 3, 1860 the eastern Pony Express mail arrived by train and it was late. To save time the Pony Express Company which was located in the Patee House at 12th and Penn Streets had the mail taken directly to the post office. The post office was closer to the ferry landing and was located on the east side of Second Street 120 feet north of Francis St.

The mail was first put into the four castinas (pockets of the "Mochila" (mo-che-la). The mail consisted of a few newspapers printed on light weight paper, 49 letters and 9 telegrams. They were then wrapped in oiled skin for additional weatherproofing.

The first Pony Express left from the post office at 7:15 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco after nearly 2,000 miles at 1:00 a.m. on April 14. That trip took 10 days, 7 hours and 45 minutes.

? 1990 Joe Nardone

Dedicated April 3, 1990
130th Pony Express Awareness Anniversary
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
Year Placed1990
Placed ByFrank A. Fiore, James Stretesky, Richard Wiemholt, Joseph R. Nardone, Sr., Pony Express Trail Assn, et al
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 340960 N 4403490
Decimal Degrees39.76650000, -94.85680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.99', W 94° 51.408'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 59.40" N, 94° 51' 24.48" W
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Area Code(s)816
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 S 3rd St, St Joseph MO 64501, US
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