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Commemoration of the Pony Express Centennial

Call Number: RH MS B76


The Pony Express was founded in 1860 by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors. This collection includes certificates, a patch, a stamped envelope and a Bible that commemorate the centennial of the Pony Express.


  • 1960


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biographical / Historical

The Pony Express opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day. In anticipation of the Pony Express' hundredth birthday the Western Pony Express Trails Association joined forces with the Central Overland Pony Express Trails Association; they formed the National Pony Express Centennial Association. It conducted the 1960 centennial re-ride which involved the President of the United States and all the Governors through whose states the Pony Express ran.


1 volume (+ 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS Q375

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Guise.

Related Materials

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Guide to the Pony Express Centennial Collection
Commemoration of the Pony Express Centennial
Finding aid prepared by imf, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015 This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-09 13:08:55 -0500
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Pony Express Centennial Collection, RH MS B76, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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