See the creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express through state-of-the-art exhibits.


Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm;
Sun 11 am-4 pm; Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec 24, 25, 31, and Jan 1

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914 Penn Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Phone: 816-279-5059

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Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

On April 3, 1860, at 7:15 pm, a lone rider left on horseback from the gates of one of the nation’s most historic landmarks, the Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri. Carrying saddlebags filled with our nations hopes and dreams, the riders traveled 2000 miles west to Sacramento, California.

These brave young souls raced against nature's cruel elements and rugged terrain in an attempt to unite a country separated by distance. Today the stables continue to stand as a tribute to the legend and legacy of the Pony Express and its enduring era. Come and experience the many exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. Whatever your age, you’re sure to be captivated by the stories and images of an era long passed.


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