National Pony Express Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
National Pony Express Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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The nearly 2,000 mile infamous journey of the Pony Express riders made a stop in Salt Lake City. Beginning in the spring of 1860, young riders would travel this dangerous path to deliver mail to the west coast at a timely rate. Their attempts did not go unnoticed as the average delivery time of mail and news across country dropped from over 20 days to just 10 days.

National Pony Express Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah
National Pony Express Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

This monument was dedicated in honor of those riders who made the trip to deliver mail. Across dangerous and unknown territory, these riders had a high success rate in all of their trips. Running for only 18 months, these riders live on in their tales and adventures on the Pony Express Trail.

With 120 riders who worked the route, they rode a total of 650,000 miles in just under two years of operation. In that time, only one rider was killed and one mail package lost.

Most of these riders were about the age of 20 and had to be light in weight. Most of these men weighed less than 120 pounds to not overburden the horse running at fast speeds with a mail load. Riders made about $150 a month for their journey.

How to Visit

The monument to Pony Express Riders is free to visit and is located just off of Sunnyside Avenue in the entrance to the “This is the Place” Heritage Park.

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