• Stone Ruins at the Sand Springs Pony Express Station in Nevada

    Pony Express

    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?

Pony Express riders carried official mail in a mochila that fit over the saddle.

To carry the U.S. Mail across 1800 miles of wilderness, Pony Express riders changed horses about every 12-15 miles. At each station, the rider would quickly take the mochila with mail pouches from his saddle and throw it onto the saddle of the fresh horse - and off he went. More...