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Trails & Paths
Biography of Alexander Majors (1914-1900), Pony Express Founder
How Long Did It Take a Letter to be Delivered Via Pony Express?
"In 10 days, riders could deliver a letter the 1,966 miles from the base in St. Joseph, Missouri, to the terminus in Sacramento, California. The record was seven days, 17 hours."
Pony Express Route
A color pictographic map showing the stations of the Pony Express route.
Best of the West
Annual "best of" survey of people, places and things in the western United States, including the best saloons, historic sites, clothing manufacturers, etc.
Re-Living a Rowdy Past: Jesse and the Express
Article about the James Gang and Pony Express historical memorabilia in Saint Joseph, Missouri, at the Patee House Museum and the Pony Express Stables, with information about Frank and Jesse James, William...
The Military Career of James Craig
Article about the military career of James Craig, focusing on the defense of the Pony Express and communication lines to the "Far West" from "Bloody Bill" Anderson and other Bushwhackers before and during...
Approved--Horse & Rider for Pony Express Stamp [Intrepid, Courageous, and Brave--100 Fearless Riders]
Article commemorating the Pony Express and its centennial postage stamp, with illustration.
From Hoofbeats to Fiber Optics: The Pony Express Launched Communications Legacy
Article comparing the history of the Pony Express, started by Alexander Majors, to the history of the Sprint Corporation, started by C. L. Brown, with a photo of the Majors home now adjacent to a Sprint...
The House That Never Gave Up
Article describes the historical importance of the Alexander Majors House at 83rd and State Line, as well as the crusade for its preservation on the part of Louisa Johnston, Majors' great-granddaughter....
The Pony Express: Orphans Preferred
Article describes the history of the Pony Express, citing its lifespan as April 3, 1860 to October 26, 1861.
Perserverence and Preservation: The Alexander Majors Home
Article describing the restored house that served as the firm responsible for the Pony Express--Russell, Majors & Waddell.
Suds in the Fountain City
Article profiles several Kansas City area "microbreweries," including Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri, Great Plains Brewing Company (formerly Pony Express) in Olathe, Free State Brewing...
The Pony Rides Again, 150 Years Later
Article retraces the original route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. The first rider left St. Joseph on April 3, 1860. Delivering...
The Pony Express Mystery. ..
Article speculating on the identity of the first Pony Express rider, supposedly either Billy Richardson or Johnny Frye, in 1860.
Wornall, Majors Museums Join Forces
December 15, 2010
Beginning January 1, 2011, the John Wornall House Museum and Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum will merge to become the Wornall-Majors House Museums. It is hoped that by sharing one executive...
Ben Holladay: His Career, His Achievements and His Misfortunes
Biographical article about Ben Holladay, a prominent Western freighter who was born in Kentucky about 1821 and came to Missouri, making a fortune in trade with the Utah Territory and with the Pony Express...
Biographical information about Alexander Majors (1814-1900), the primary force of the Russell, Majors, & Waddell overland freighting business, operating wagons and stagecoaches, including the Pony Express,...
John Renick, Wagonmaster
Biographical sketch of John Thomas Renick, or John Renick, a western trader "engaged in the freighting business as a wagonmaster for the firm of Russell, Major & Waddell." Born in "1834, in the first hotel...
John Major and Alexander Majors
Biographical sketches of Reverend John Sleet Major, or John Major (1788-1872), and Alexander Majors (1814-1900). Description of John Major as "a fine type of the pioneer preacher" and native of Virginia...
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