Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Pony Express

This marker commemorates the Pony Express Trail across Western Utah. You might notice that the marker has been defaced and the plaque explaining the Trail has been stolen. The Pony Express Trail is a National Historic Trail in this area is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The portion of the trail in Utah is 133 miles long. 126 miles of this road is gravel or dirt. There were in fact, multiple trail segments following different routes across the country. The Pony Express was only in operation from April 3, 1860 to October of 1861 when a telegraphic connection was made across the country. Here is an illustrated Map of Pony Express Route in 1860 by William Henry Jackson ~ Courtesy the Library of Congress ~ The Pony Express mail route, April 3, 1860 – October 24, 1861; Reproduction of Jackson illustration issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pony Express founding on April 3, 1960. Reproduction of Jackson's map issued by the Union Pacific Railroad Company.

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