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914 Penn St, Saint Joseph, MO
  • When we got to town the first thing we noticed was a large thermometer which register at 109 degrees, yes indeed, not a good weekend to camp
  • We choose the Pony Express National Museum as our first place of refuge, not only was it cool inside but everybody enjoyed it immensely
  • I think in today's world we don't really give a thought of how much convience we have in our everyday lives

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      Pony Express National Museum 914 Penn St Saint Joseph, MO 816-279-5059

      A few years back we went on a camping trip near Saint Joseph, MO. It was in the middle of July and it was hot! We had about 10 people in our party and everybody was pretty much in a bad mood because of the heat. The fish weren’t biting and it was even too hot to swim. The water felt like being in a very warm bathtub so we decided to go into town and explore the shops and museums so we could go some place air-conditioned.

      When we got to town the first thing we noticed was a large thermometer which register at 109 degrees, yes indeed, not a good weekend to camp.

      We choose the Pony Express National Museum as our first place of refuge, not


      only was it cool inside but everybody enjoyed it immensely. It was only $4 for adults and the kids were $3 so it wasn’t too expensive. The museum had many historical and educational items including the gear the boys would wear and the basic things that they would take on their runs. A duplicate relay station and bunkhouse. There were displays with maps that showed where each relay station was located. There were displays and films showing how these young men fought the elements and the Indians to deliver their bags of mail to their destinations.

      There was a great display on the history of the Pony Express through pictures, newspaper articles, journals and films. There were a number of other displays all equally impressive and educational and we spent about 2 hours browsing.


      • The Pony Express usually hired young orphaned boys with no families to be their riders. The cruelty of the era and the terrain could have easily killed these boys. You get a real appreciation of the situation when you compare the mail delivery system of today’s world.

        Today the post office can generally get mail to you within 1-3 days, packages might take up to a week but there are options available to get it there quicker just by paying a little more. Today you can press send and have any message you write delivered anywhere in the world through the internet in a nanosecond and back in the 1860’s these young men would have given up their lives to deliver mail.

        I think in today’s world we don’t really give a thought of how much convience

        we have in our everyday lives. The Pony Express National Museum gives us a taste of what young America went through to give us some of the conveniences we have today.

        The tour is self-guided but you can ask the attendants questions, they are very knowledgeable of the history of the Pony Express and are very happy to share it with the visitors. We really enjoyed our time there, when we hit the outside heat we all wanted to go back in but continued on to a giant Antique Shop. That night we had a great discussion around the picnic table (no campfire for us that trip) about the changing of America. Even though we often remember the heat of that trip first, we all remember discussing the day’s events around that picnic table, it is a nice memory.




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