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Friday's Station was the point where the Pony Express riders crossed the California-Nevada line. "Friday" Burke and James Small were granted a franchise to operate a station along the western section of the Kingsbury Grade and Mac Donald Road. In the 1860's Friday's Station was an important remount stop for the Pony Express riders, and continued as a Way Station for the Pioneer stage lines and freight teams and wagons on the Bonanza Road.

(There is a marker 3/4 miles east of the California-Nevada State Line on U.S. 50 on the property where the Pony Express riders rode up to the remount station off Loop Road, across from Caesars Tahoe. Although it is on private property, you can see the original blacksmith shop.)

Pony Express Statue - Harrahs The Pony Express statue in front of Harrah's Casino, Stateline, Nevada, commemorates the site of Friday's Station which was located about a mile east.

From Friday's Station, the route takes the Kingsbury Grade over Daggett Pass into the Carson Valley. The Old Kingsbury Grade is blocked by private ownership and the criss-crossing of U.S. 50, but the new paved road is near the actual route.

The Kingsbury Grade wagon road was built in 1860 by Kingsbury and McDonald as a replacement of the old Dagget Pass Trail. The new road shortened the distance between Sacramento and Virginia City by fifteen miles. The toll for a wagon and four horses was $17.50 round trip from Shingle Springs, California, to Henry Van Sickle's station near the eastern foot of the grade.

It was from here that Pony Bob Haslam left on his famous ride. His regular run was between Friday's and Buckland's Stations.

Source: Mason, The Pony Express in Nevada, 1976.

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