Following the Trail of the Pony Express in Kansas


Driving Distance = 174 miles - Driving Time = 5 Hours
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When planning a trip, you might want to match this map with those that detail the locations of the Nebraska stations and those that show a historical map of the route.


1. Rock Creek Station near Fairbury was an important road ranch on the Oregon Trail.

2. Two miles east of Hanover on SR243, Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site is the only unaltered Pony Express station remaining in its original location. This most westerly Pony Express station in Kansas, 123 miles west from St. Joseph, was also called Cottonwood Station because of its proximity to Cottonwood Creek.

3. Original Pony Express Home Station No. 1 Museum (1859), at 106 South 8th Street in Marysville served as a headquarters for the mounted postal riders before the introduction of the telegraph to the western territories. There is a Pony Express statue located at the western edge of the town.

4. The actual route of the Pony Express contiued south and east of Seneca to Troy. One can drive this route, but there is not much to see other than a number of markers. 5. The Pony Express National Memorial was the home of the Pony Express. The museum houses exhibits on the history of St. Joseph during the nineteen months that the Pony Express operated.

The Patee House was, when it opened in 1858, one fo the finest hotels west of the Missisippi and was the headquarters of the Pony Express. The museum contains the reconstructed Hanibal and St. Joseph Railroad and Pony Express office and Pony Express artifacts.