Just to the north end of the PX museum is this hanging sculpture. Below is Sherry with the painted Buffalo. For some reason he doesn't look as good in picture.
Until we started looking at the Pony Express (PX) I never realized the different means used to get the mail to California. Well I knew about ships sailing around the horn of South America, but I did not know that they sailed ships from NY to Panama and loaded stuff on wagons and took supplies and mail to the Pacific coast and loaded it aboard another ship. This map depicts the three or four main routes from East to West. Mail by wagon was much slower and was subject to more hazards than a lonely horseman was. Wagon break downs, bad weather (Winter it was impossible for wagon or stage), and Hostiles could attack a slower wagon much easier.
I never thought much of the logistics of the PX. It operated for 18 months, during that time someone had to drive wagons to supply all 100 of the relay stations. Wagons loaded as below.
Along with an oath to God, the pony express rider was given a leather bound Bible like this.
For 18 months the ponies ran, except for the time immediately after Pony Bob's run, when it was shut down for repair of stations that had been burned. It ran until the telegraph started clicking, and they were no longer needed. The PX was a highlight of this nation, but one of the worst business ventures ever undertaken. The route bled money from its conception. The owners lost everything they had.
I thought this was neat. One section of the Museum is preserved to show what was found in the archeological Dig.
I suppose you've heard about the man on the flying trapeze who caught his wife in the act.