The Pony Express
In 1860, the first Pony Express rider raced across the valley’s dusty trails with mail for a growing population out West.
Telegraph line strung along the route in 1861 rendered the riders obsolete, and Wells Fargo stagecoaches began bumping along the valley bound from Omaha to Sacramento.
Yet, the bravery of the Pony Express riders and the adventurous spirit of the enterprise still captures our imaginations.
Billy Cody, who became the famous Buffalo Bill, was known as a skilled Pony Express rider at age 14.
The riders’ glory lives on at two Pony Express stations in Gothenburg (40 miles east of the city of North Platte).
In sharp contrast to its frontier origins, one of the stations has been enveloped by a city park.
The log cabin served as a trading post, ranch house, and stagecoach stop.
The Midway Stage Pony Express station still stands on its original location on the Oregon Trail
at the Lower 96 Ranch four miles south of Gothenburg.
Protected by a second roof, it retains its original form and is part of the privately owned ranch.
It is open to visitors on a limited basis.
Midway Station is onon private property south of town.
Pony Express monument