Pony Express National Museum
During the 1950s, a portion of the neglected Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph was saved from total extinction and became the Pony Express Museum. M. Karl Goetz and the Goetz Pony Express Foundation, along with aid and support from the Chamber of Commerce, the citizens of St. Joseph, and the St. Joseph Museum, Inc. helped to save this historic structure. After stabilization and renovation of the remaining portion, new exhibits were installed and the stables opened to the public.
In 1993, the museum underwent a further renovation to restore the remaining portion of the stables to its original size. Modern, interactive and educational exhibits were created to depict the need, creation, operation and termination of the famous mail service that lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. Today the museum continues to stand as a tribute to the legend and legacy of the Pony Express and its enduring era.
Great piece of history tucked away locally. We learned quite a bit and the kids enjoyed it too. No real horses to their dismay but they got a kick out of the 1800s style play area with costumes. I enjoyed reading about the riders and seeing some of the artifacts. The working well was a surprise as well.
The Pony Express Museum holds a nice variety of difference things. There are Hands-On activities for children and Hands-On informational stations. There was a whole place for children to play which was really nice as I have five children.
Small cozy museum with just enough history about the Pony Express to keep kids interested for an hour. Park across the street made for a nice stop after a long drive. Nice mural depicting the route and challenges face by the service and their riders. Small entrance fee and worth a visit if in the area.
Went to see Pumpkin Mountain... live it do much !! So small town charming and mid America. .. such a pleasure !!!
A bigger museum than I thought and really well put together for an incredible price. Definitely worth the stop and the staff were super friendly too!