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Pony Express Festival at Hollenberg Station

HANOVER, KS—Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site will host the annual Pony Express Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, August 31.

  • 10 a.m. – Festival opens with period demonstrators.
  • 11 a.m. – Non-denominational church service by circuit rider preacher with music by the community choir.
  • Noon – Lunch vendors available.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. – Entertainment.
  • 3 p.m. – Pony Express re-enactment with Mochila Exchange.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Festival quilt presentation.

Demonstrators include rope makers, blacksmiths, a cooper making buckets, and archers. Wagon rides will be available for a fee. Lemonade, soft drinks, water, pie, and ice cream will be sold by the Friends of Hollenberg Station as a fundraiser. Proceeds support site preservation and promotion. The festival is presented in cooperation with the Friends of Hollenberg Station. Hollenberg Pony Express Station is located at 2889 23rd Road, Hanover. For more information, call 785-337-2635 or visit

About the site: In 1857, Gerat Hollenberg built a one-room cabin on his land, sure that he could improve his mercantile business by locating it closer to the St. Joseph Branch of the Oregon-California Trail. A century and a half later, the cabin remains to help tell the stories of the pioneers on the trail, the Pony Express riders, and the Hollenberg family. The Hollenberg cabin, designated a National Historic Landmark, has been preserved and includes hands-on exhibits geared toward children. The visitor center and museum house exhibits on westward expansion and the Pony Express. The Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site is one of 16 historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency.

The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.

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