Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

​Pony Express Trail

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    Patee house museum Saint Joseph Missouri. Offices and eastern start of the Pony Express.
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    The reading of the Pony Express oath before the start of the annual Pony Express re-ride. Patee House, St Joseph Missouri.
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    Pony Express Trail re-riders, in front of an original Pony Express Home Station, Marysville Kansas.
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    The Pony Express lasted 18 months before being replaced by the transcontinental telegraph in October of 1861. Marysville Pony Express Museum.
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    Pony Express re-rider along Wyoming prairie west of Farson.
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    Pony Express re-ride at Midway Station near Gothenberg, Nebraska.
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    Pony Express re-ride passing Chimney Rock along Route 26, Nebraska.
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    Pony Express Re-rider in front of South Bend Stage Station in Granger, Wyoming.
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    Echo Canyon is still an important artery of commerce and transportation all these years after the Pony Express riders heard their horses hoofs echoing through the canyon. Utah
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    Dawn breaks over the Platte River, Nebraska. The Platte River provided a water source and 800 mile corridor for the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express Trails.
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    Fortifications against Indian attack above Canon Station near Callao, Utah.
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    A 'fogbow" over the Pony Express. Nevada.
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    Walls of Cold Springs Pony Express Station. Cold Springs Nevada.
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    Mormon Station Historical Park. Genoa Pony Express Station was across the street.
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    Wells Fargo Office, Folsum, Ca.
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    Nimblewill Nomad at the Capital Theater downtown Salt Lake City at the start of our walk from there to Fallon Nevada along the Pony Express Trail.
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    Pony Express Rd, South of Salt Lake City, Ut.
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    Camp, south of Salt Lake City, Ut.
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    On the Pony Express a few miles north of Eagle Mountain, UT.
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    On the Pony Express a few miles north of Eagle Mountain, UT.
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    Kiosk and monuments at Camp Floyd Stagecoach Inn State Park, Fairfield, UT.
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    Nimblewill Nomad eating lunch along the Pone Express Trail west of Camp Floyd /Stagecoach Inn State Park, Fairfield, UT.
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    Heading west along the Pone Express Rd towards Lookout Pass, UT.
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    Carsonite post designating original route of the Pony Express Trail along Pony Express Rd heading towards Simpson Springs, UT.
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    Simpson Springs Pony Express Station window, UT. (Late Afternoon)(Reconstructed)
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    Simpson Springs Pony Express Station and monument, UT. (Late Afternoon)(Reconstructed)
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    Along Simpson Springs Callao rd west of Simpson Springs Pony Express Station, Utah.
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    Monument at location of Dugway Pony Express Station, west of Dugway Range, Utah.
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    Stubborn old Sage
    Near site of Dugway Pony Express Station, west of Dugway Range, Utah.
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    Nimblewill Nomad heading west on Simpson Callao Rd/Pony Express Trail towards Black Rock Hills, Utah.
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    Nimblewill Nomad having lunch on monument to the Black Rock Pony Express Station, Utah.
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    Remnants of rock infrastructure for the Overland Stage route/Pony Express Trail heading up west towards Dugway Pass, Utah.
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    Directions to the Light
    A rare turn sign on Simpson Callao Rd/Pony Express Trail towards Black Rock Hills, Utah.
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    Nimblewill Nomad on original route of the Pony Express Trail descending from a pass just west of Fish Springs Station, Utah.
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    Nimblewill Nomad walking the Simpson-Callao Rd / Pony Express Trail, east of Boyd's / Butte Station, a few miles east of Callao, Utah
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    Remaining walls of Boyd's / Butte Pony Express Station, a few miles east of Callao, Utah
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    Callao, Utah. Thank you Don and Beth Anderson and the entire Anderson Family for your awesome hospitality.
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    Willow Springs Pony Express Station, Callao, Utah. (Private Property, permission to photograph was granted.)
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    Interior of Willow Springs Pony Express Station, The cabin served as a homestead for years after the Pony Express. Callao, Utah. (It is on private property, we were kindly granted permission to photograph)
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    Along the Pony Express Trail.
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    Old ranch posts along the Pony Express Trail east of Ibapah, Utah.
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    Monument to Deep Creek Pony Express Station, Ibapah, Utah.
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    View out window of log cabin that was Eight Mile Station along the Overland Stage / California Trail / Pony Express Trail. Eightmile, Nevada. (It was 8 miles from Deep Creek Station)
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    Log cabin that was Eight Mile Station along the Overland Stage / California Trail / Pony Express Trail. Eightmile, Nevada. (It was 8 miles from Deep Creek Station)
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    Deep Creek mounatains from Pony Express Marker, Antelope Valley, Nevada.
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    Myself at Rock Springs Pass, Nevada along the Pony Express Trail. Photo by Nimblewill Nomad.
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    The Lincoln Highway followed the Overland Stage / Pony Express Trails through Antelope Valley, Nevada.
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    Old truck, Shellbourne, Nevada.
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    Wall remnant of Butte Station along the Overland Stage / Pony Express Trail. Nevada.
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    40 ft deep well dug for Pony Express Station west of Butte Station, Nevada. (Important to note that I removed a protective lid prior to the image and then replaced the lid back over the well.)
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    Nimblewill Nomad after digging up a successful cache of food and water. West of the Ruby Mountains along the Pony Express Trail. The Nomad had driven the very rugged route prior to our walk and cached food and water along the way losing a muffler in the process.
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    Heading west towards Diamond Mountains along the Pony Express Trail, Nevada.
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    Plaque at site of Diamond Springs Station, Nevada.
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    Wind mill silhouette at evening in Kobeh Valley along the Pony Express Trail, Nevada.
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    View out window of dilapidated homestead at Grubbs Well Station, along the Overland Stage / Pony Express trail. Grubb Flat, Nevada.
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    Grubbs Well Station, along the Overland Stage / Pony Express trail. Grubb Flat, Nevada.
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    Petroglyphs at Hickinson Petroglyph Recreation Site, Nevada.
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    HW 50 heading west from 2 miles west of Hickinson Petroglyph Recreation Site. Nevada.
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    Stokes Castle, Austin Nevada. (Not related to the Pony Express)
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    Austin cemetery, Nevada.
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    Believed to be an original telegraph pole from the line that replaced the Pony Express, 2 miles west of Austin Nevada.
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    Rifle found near and displayed in the Smith Creek Pony Express station. Nevada. Private Property, permission was granted.
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    Raising the flag at the Smith Creek Pony Express Station. (Re-constructed from original rocks) Private Property, Permission was granted, Dalton Canyon, Nevada.
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    Remains of Edwards creek Pony Express Station, Bassie Canyon west of Basque Summit, Nevada.
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    Remaining walls of Overland Stage station near Cold Springs, Nevada.
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    Middlegate Saloon, near site of Middlegate Pony Express Station. nevada.
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    Ruins of Sand Springs Pony Express Station, east of Fallon, Nevada.
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    Nimblewill Nomad at camp near Sand Springs Pony Express Station, east of Fallon, Nevada.
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    Nimblewill Nomad walking the Pony Express Trail west across Salt Wells Basin east of Fallon, Nevada.
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    My tracks along the Pony Express trail over Salt Wells Basin west of Sand Springs Pony Express Station, Nevada.
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    Faint remnants of foundation of Carson Sink Station. Southeast of Carson Lake, Nevada.
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    Pony Express re-rider, Wyoming.

Summary of the Trail




1992 - Pony Express NHT

The Pony Express NHT follows the route ridden by young men on horseback who delivered the Nation's mail on the eve of the Civil War.  A legendary aspect of the Old West, the Pony Express mail delivery service linked St. Joseph, Missouri, to San Francisco, California.  It operated only 19 months from April 1860 to November 1861.  Yet, despite its short life, the Pony Express delivered 34,000 pieces of mail.  Messages that once took six weeks to reach their destination could be delivered in 10 days via these tenacious riders.  Once the Civil War began, a string of telegraph wires soon rendered the Pony Express obsolete by cutting transcontinental delivery time to an instant.  In present times, the National Pony Express Association keeps the memory and mystique of the storied riders alive by protecting and preserving the trail and also organizing an annual re-ride between St. Josheph and Sacramento - eastbound one year and westbound the next.  This 24-hour-a-day nonstop ride lasts for 10 days. The Trail is administered by the National Park Srvice.

(Scherer, Glenn, 2002, "America's National Trails: Journeys Acoss Land and Time, Guilford CT: Falcon Press
pp, 46-49 and National Pny Express Association website)