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Original Pony Express Station & Museum, Gothenburg

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The Sam Macchette Station was erected in 1854 on the Oregon Trail and was used as a Fur Trading Post & Ranch House. From 1860-1861 the station was used as a Pony Express Station. After the Pony Express ended, the station was used as an Overland Trail Stage Station, bunk house, storage house, and dwelling until 1931. In 1931 Mrs. C.A. Williams donated the station to the city of Gothenburg. The city had it moved from its original site to Ehmen Park inside Gothenburg city limits. The station was dedicated to "All Pioneers Who Passed This Way, To Win and Hold the West."

The first Pony Express Ride was on April 3rd, 1860, it began in St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacramento, CA. This first trip took nine days and 23 hours, this was less than half the time of the fastest stages!

President Lincoln's Inaugural Speech marks the record run. The speech was carried for 1,996 miles and took 7 days and 17 hours to reach it's destination.

Only one man was killed and scalped by the Indians. Many man were killed by Indians, however, at the stations. Bannock, Piute & Shoshone would burn the stations and destroy property, frequently.

Due to the completion of the Overland Telegraph, the Pony Express was discontinued after 16 months. The founders, Russell, Majors & Waddell lost $100,000 in the operation of the Pony Express.
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  • My family really enjoyed this quick but educational stop. The lady working/volunteering was so informative and answered lots of questions. There is a lot packed into this little place. It is located i...  more »
  • Not a lot to see, but worth a visit if you're in the area. Fun facts and photos of the Posy Express drivers, maps, ect. The guy who runs it is great. Funny and knows a lot. Sold me a cap gun and made ...  more »
  • It is a bit off the interstate, and has short hours, but if you can get there when they are open it is an informative visit. If you have stopped along the way at other historical sites this is a good ...  more »
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  • History! One mile off I80! Perfect piece of history still operating. Send a postcard or letter from one of the lasting Pony Express Stations. Friendly staff, quiet location, perfect rest stop for families with a big park & kids play ground to get some energy out on your trip.
  • It is in a tree covered park with picnic tables and benches and very quiet. There is a drinking fountain and a big water fountain in the center. The station is airconditioned with an attendant and lots of old pieces of hardware and pictures from the age. There is a group of 8 photos with history of some of the first pony express riders. One was a rider at 11 and died in 1955 at age 105.
  • Gothenburg is a very interesting and vibrant central Nebraska town. Very clean, well tended homes and lots of historical things to see.
  • Nothing like I expected. It's in the middle of a park.
  • If you're in the area, it's worth a stop. Interesting piece of history.