Pony Express Museum Essay

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Pony Express Museum On April 3, 1860, a lone rider left on horseback from the gates of one of the nation’s most historic landmarks, the Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri. Carrying saddlebags filled with our country’s hopes and dreams, the riders traveled 2000 miles west to Sacramento, California. These brave young men raced against nature's rough elements and vast terrain in an attempt to unite a country separated by distance. Today the stables continue to stand as a tribute to the legend and legacy of the Pony Express. During the 1950s, a portion of the neglected Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph was saved from total extinction and became the Pony Express Museum. M. Karl Goetz and the Goetz Pony Express Foundation, along with aid and support from the Chamber of Commerce, the citizens of St. Joseph, and the St. Joseph Museum, Inc. helped to save this historic structure. After stabilization and renovation of the remaining portion, new exhibits were installed and the stables opened to the public. In 1993, the museum underwent a further renovation to restore the remaining portion of the stables to its original size. Modern, interactive and educational exhibits were created to depict the need, creation, operation and termination of the famous mail service that lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. Today the museum continues to stand as a tribute to the legend and legacy of the Pony Express and its enduring era. I was expecting a museum of the Pony Express Station, but much like other museums it was more a shrine to the Pony Express but none the less it is a very informational place. The wide variety of rooms allows students or any visitor the opportunity to learn about the way the Pony Express would have operated and the different jobs and tasks that were involved. The new exhibits that they have added are a perfect example of this. The “Blacksmith and

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