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Pony Express Stable

Photo image of the Pony Express Stables.

Pony Express Stables.


Pony Express Stable (Pike's Peak Stable) - St. Joseph, Missouri

The original building, known as the Pike's Peak Stable, was built in 1858 to accommodate horses used by the local freight and stagecoach company. In 1860, the Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Company purchased the building for the Pony Express, to serve the same purpose.

On April 3, William (Billie) Richardson left this stable, rode the short distance to the Patee House, picked up the waiting mochilla, and headed west on the first Pony Express run to Sacramento, California, nearly 2,000 miles away. The original wooden structure was replaced by a brick building in 1888, but some of the original posts and beams were reused.

In 1950, the Goetz Foundation restored the building to its 1888 brick appearance and established a museum dedicated to the Pony Express, the Pony Express National Memorial.

Pony Express Museum
914 Penn Street
St. Joseph, Missouri 64503
816-279-5059 or 1-800-530-5930
Map image showing location for the Pony Express Stables in St. Joseph.
Map image showing location for the Pony Express Stables in St. Joseph.
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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...