Following the Trail of the Pony Express in Nebraska

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Driving Distance = 338 miles - Driving Time = 6 Hours 27 Minutes
To Western Nebraska Return to Route Map To Kansas

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.

Notes:

1. "Old Julesburg" was a rough frontier town named for Jules Reni, a French Canadian frontiersman whose trading post was established at the famous and hazardous Upper California Crossing of the South Platte River. An important station of the overland stagecoach route was located here. There is a Pony Express statue at the Visitor's Center.

2. North Platte was the home of Col. William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The State Park is the site of his home. The house, barn and other buildings contain various mementos depicting Cody's personal life and his Wild West Show.

3. The history of Gothenburg dates back to the great westward expansion, when thousands of pioneers crossed through here on the Mormon and Oregon Trails. In 1860 and 1861 the town boasted a station for the Pony Express. The original Pony Express Station is in Ehmen Park .

4. Robert Henry Museum and Walkway in Cozad commemorates the artist career of the town's native son and preserves several historic buildings including the Willow Island Pony Express Station.

5. Lexington evolved in the 1860's from a small settlement called Plum Creek which consisted of a Pony Express station and the Daniel Freeman trading post on the Oregon Trail south of the Platte River. A cabin from the Plum Creek Pony Express Station may be seen in the city park.

6. Fort Kearny was a way station, sentinel post, supply depot and message center for '49ers bound for California and home seekers traveling to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. By the 1860's the Fort had become a significant stage and freighting station and home station of the Pony Express. The Fort also provided protection for the crews constructing the Union Pacific Railroad after the Civil War. On the grounds of Fort Kearny State Historical Park is a stockade replica and a reconstructed blacksmith shop.

7. The Harold Warp Pioneer Village in Minden displays more than 50,000 historical items that depict America's progress since 1830. Among the buildings is the original Pumpkinseed Pony Express Station. This Pony Express Relay station was moved to its present site in 1955. This station was the subject of William Henry Jackson's famous painting "Changing Horses, Pumpkinseed Station, Nebraska".

8. Rock Creek Station near Fairbury was an important road ranch on the Oregon Trail. Established in 1857 by S. C. Glenn, Rock Creek Station evolved from a small cabin with a lean-to and barn, situated on the west side of Rock Creek. This road ranch catered to stages, freight lines, and emigrant traffic on the Oregon Trail. Rock Creek Station State Historical Park is open daily.