Monday, March 23, 2009

That's My World!--Gothenburg Pony Express Station

While in central Nebraska last week I paid a visit to the Pony Express Station in Gothenburg.

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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18 comments:

kjpweb said...

Cool! Love the medal!
Cheers, Klaus

SandyCarlson said...

These names are so interesting. That's quite a solid structure.

ewok1993 said...

Interesting piece of information. I am thankful that these structures have been preserved for the next generation.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a glimpse at a world that has passed us all by! Love the log cabin!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

When you see a building like that you realize how different and easier life is now. Thanks for sharing this photo!

Denise said...

What a lovely bit of history. Great photos, thank you.

Rob Inukshuk said...

A great piece of history and so good that it is preserved. The Pony Express indeed - that's so cool.

Carver said...

That is an interesting part of history in your world. I like the shots too.

Babooshka said...

That is a real slice of history.

Arija said...

A great old bunkhouse and very interesting post. I also like the plaque.

Louise said...

It's so hard to imagine someplace so small being such a hub activity. I really like the photo of the medallion.

Elaine Dale said...

Very interesting post, it's always nice to learn something new.

FYI, I'm a fan of Qwill and his kitties too.

Femin Susan said...

I like the second one.

Niinuska said...

A very nice photo and an interesting name. And wasn't there a series called something like the Pony Express..? No, it was called "The Young Riders". I loved that series and Stephen Baldwin was one of the riders..

W. Latane Barton said...

Very interesting. It's amazing that the pony express has such a lasting history considering it was in business such a short time.

Erin said...

loved this post...enjoyed the story and the photos.
thanks for sharing.

Glennis said...

A great piece of history, lovely plaque on the wall, the pony express riders must of been very courageous, and did a vital service for the settlers.

Gaelyn said...

Thanks for the Pony Express tour. I love those historic structures and am always glad when they are preserved.