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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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  • We saw the sign on the highway and stopped for gas and something to eat. It's only about five minutes off the highway and you can park right in front. The Station is manned, so there is somebody there...  more »
  • Learn all about the Pony Express in the Heart of Nebraska. Nice Attraction in the middle of a small town. Neat and Nice park to take a Break while traveling Interstate 80. Does not require a Long Stop...  more »
  • We just stopped for a couple minutes and then did up being there for probably a half hour the docent was very knowledgeable and courteous and answered a lot of my questions and made the stop very inte...  more »
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  • We decided to stop in on the way out to California with my husband. The staff was nice and told us a lot of cool facts about the Pony Express. I'm glad we stopped
  • Really nice little museum with a friendly knowledgeable norwegian-american curator. The park outside is interesting too; a large number of different trees, all marked with plaques denoting their genotypes and common names.
  • Great little place. The lady was very friendly and informative. Nice little diversion from our road trip. If you're in an RV you can make it but be slow, the roads are a bit narrow.
  • Pretty rad stop, hella nice way to stretch your legs. Knowledge lady droped lots of knowledge.
  • Loved this side excursion. Lots of history and staff was knowledgable. Very relaxing park.