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Pony Express Station, Marysville, Kansas
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Pony Express Station, Marysville, Kansas, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Marysville, Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 x 11 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 254 x 285.75 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0504
Description

Barn-like structure with rounded roof, tree and lightpost on left side of composition. Red road in foreground.


This old buiding, now the produce house of James C. Swim in Marysville was originally a barn when Marysville was a home station on the Pony Express route in 1860-1861. There were 190 stations on the route, located 10 or 12 miles apart. Upon his arrival at a station the rider found his change of mount ready. He quickly transferred his mail sack to the fresh horse and was soon on his way. The horses were the fastest mounts the company could procure and easily out-distanced the horses of the Indians. In Octover, 1861, when the telegraph lines from California and Omaha was also an eating station on Ben Holladay's Overland Stage Line which preceded the Pony Express.