Pony Express National Museum

914 Penn Street, St. Joseph, MO 64503 - United States




The Pony Express Museum is housed in the original building known as the “Pikes Peak Stables.” On April 3, 1860 a lone rider left on horseback from the gates of one the nation’s most historic landmarks - The Pony Express Stables in St. Joseph, MO.

This year 2020 will be a milestone for the Pony Express to celebrate 160 years.


Come and experience the many exciting, educational, interactive exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. You’ll walk along our 60-foot diorama, depicting the diverse terrain of the route and visit a historically accurate relay station.

Hall of Riders Exhibit
The Riders have come home. Come and explore the interactive Hall of Riders, where you can learn more about life on the Trail, hear stories of the riders' hair-raising adventures, and see historic photographs of 22 famous and lesser known Pony express riders.

The Pony School will be open with a schoolmarm who will spend 30 minutes in a step back in time to 1860 for reading writing and arithmetic. Hours 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

William Pridham
New exhibit for William Pridham, who was a Pony Rider and then worked 50 years for Wells Fargo. We received a gift of his steamer trunk, which has been conserved and on display. Come see the display.

The education committee will host an obstacle course in the community room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You will find a stick horse and travel from the stables through a journey to reach Sacramento, CA. You will experience the dangers and hazards that the riders faced in the obstacle course. Come give it a try on your stick horse!!!!

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