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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...
Wild West Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The majority of photographs in this collection came from the Brookings Montgomery photograph collection purchased by the library in the 1960s. Images are of outlaws, cowboys, Indians, lawmen, judges, western...
What Became of the Daring Young Men of the Pony Express?
Gormley writes although "there is no authentic list available of all of the Pony Express riders," the Pony Express National Museum in Saint Joseph, Missouri, compiled a list of 188 names, but this should...
Copy of a painting of Fort Bridger by William H. Jackson.
File containing papers on the history of the Western Union Telegraph Company, taking the place of the Pony Express in the western Missouri area in 1861.
Photograph of a painting depicting a Pony Express rider and transcontinental telegraph line construction crew.
Trails of the Old West
Illustration of the major trails of the western United States that was one of forty paintings for "Westward America" [MVSC Q 978 D77W].
Three Partners Sacrificed Fortunes and Names to Found Pony Express
Illustration and article about the history of the Pony Express (upon its 80th anniversary), with descriptions of the members of the Russell, Majors & Waddell Freighting Company, including Kansas Citian...
The Terrible Benders
History of the Bender family of notorious murderers and thieves in Kansas, starting in 1871, and including Kate Bender, John Bender, Ma Bender, Pa Bender, et al., with photos. Description of Kate Bender...
The Romance of the Pony Express
File contains an article about the Pony Express celebration in 1923 and listing some of its riders.
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: Orphans Preferred
Article describes the history of the Pony Express, citing its lifespan as April 3, 1860 to October 26, 1861.
The Pony Express Rides Again
Photos, illustrations, tables, map, reprinted newspaper columns, and article about the Pony Express freighting operation from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 1860, run by the Russell,...
The Pony Express Mystery. ..
Article speculating on the identity of the first Pony Express rider, supposedly either Billy Richardson or Johnny Frye, in 1860.
The Parsonage Parlor: Lexington's Waddell House Was Bought by a Pony Express Founder
Photos and description of the "parsonage," now known as the Waddell House, built in 1840. William Bradford (W. B.) Waddell, a businessman in Lexington, Missouri, joined with William H. Russell and Alexander...
The Oregon Trail; The Pony Express
The Oregon Trail presents a detailed account of America's longest and most famous trans-West trail. The Pony Express describes the 19-month life of this horse-based mail delivery system.
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...
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 Best Historical Landmark: The Amazing Miss Louisa
In-depth article about the historical significance of the home at 83rd and State Line Roads, and its resident, Louisa Johnston, the great-granddaughter of Alexander Majors, "Kansas City's first millionaire"...
The American Pony Express, en Route from the Missouri River to San Francisco
File containing a large illustration and short article about the Pony Express, its dangers from Indians, and the Russell, Majors & Waddell Freighting Company.
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