According to the plaque on the building it was originally built in 1854 on the Oregon Trail four miles east of Fort McPherson and was used as a fur trading post and ranch house. From 1860 to 1861 it was used as a Pony Express Station. From 1862 to 1931 it was used as an Overland Trail Stage Station, dwelling, bunk house, and storage house on the Upper ‘96’ Ranch. In 1931 the building was donated by Mrs. C. A. Williams to the city of Gothenburg. It was moved from its original site and restored in Ehmen Park by the Gothenburg Post 64, American Legion.
It is dedicated to all the Pioneers who passed this way to win and hold the West.
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