One of the most famous events in the history of the US Mail Service was the operation of the Pony Express that began April 3, 1860. The delivery of fast mail was handled by 100 riders who changed mounts every 10-15 miles. The riders were changed at the 40 home stations between St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. Home Station #1 out of St. Joseph, MO was Marysville, KS. The stone stable still standing today on the original site was barely completed in time for the first rider.
2010 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express. Celebrations are being planned across the route; most during the annual Re-Ride in June. The re-ride is schedule to come through Marysville on June 21st at 9:15 p.m. and the Marysville Chamber of Commerce and the Pony Express Barn Museum Board are planning an evening of family friendly activities as follows:
5:30-7:00 pm – Pulled Pork BBQ (Advance Tickets Required – $5.00)
5:30-8:30 pm – Demonstrations of Rope Making, Broom Making, Basket Making, Bead Work & Flint Knapping
6:00-7:00 pm – Sing-a-Long with Teresa Rettle, Seneca
6:30-7:30 pm – Kids Games Free
7:00-9:00 pm – Fresh Green Grass (Bluegrass Music) Free – bring your lawn chair!
9:15 pm – Pony Express Re-Ride
BBQ Tickets, Commemorative T-Shirts and Buttons are available for purchase now and a Free Pictorial Postal Cancellation from USPS will be available that evening (bring an envelope with postage applied).
The Chamber of Commerce and the Marysville Main Street would like to encourage businesses and agencies to decorate their store fronts with the Pony Express western theme during the days leading up to the June 21st celebration and perhaps a week after. With the increase in tourist traffic, as many are following the trail this summer, it would be a great welcome to our beautiful town. We would also encourage store owners and employees to dress in western attire the day of our celebration.