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    National Historic Trail CA,CO,KS,MO,NE,NV,UT,WY

Auto Tour Route - Kansas

Below are driving directions to follow the Pony Express National Historic Trail west through Kansas, from Missouri to Nebraska. A simple map showing the general route is below the directions.

From St. Joseph, MO:

1. Take U.S. Route 36 west to State Route 148.
2. Turn north onto State Route 148.

From Atchison, KS:

1. Take U.S. Route 73 west to State Route 9.
2. Turn west onto State Route 9.
3. Take State Route 9 west to State Route 63.
4. Turn north onto State Route 63.
5. Take State Route 63 north to U.S. Route 36.
6. Turn west onto U.S. Route 36.
7. Take U.S. Route 36 west to State Route 148.
8. Turn north onto State Route 148.

Total original route miles in Kansas: 139
 
Map image showing the auto tour route driving directions across Kansas.
Map image showing the auto tour route driving directions across Kansas.
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Did You Know?

Simpson Springs Pony Express Station in the Utah west desert.

Pony Express riders and Overland Stage passengers found a good source of water at Simpson Springs Station as they crossed the west desert of Utah. More...