Visit the Pony Express Museum....
Visit the Pony Express Museum.
It's hard to imagine a lone rider setting out with saddlebags crammed with the hopes and dreams of families and friends of those who had moved to the western frontier. The riders traveled 2,000 miles to Sacramento, California. These were brave, young men who faced harsh weather conditions and terrain in their attempt to get the mail through. The museum has many exhibits, some you can interact with. There is a 70-foot diorama, showing the different terrain allong the route taken by the riders.It's hard to believe that out of the 120 riders who traveled 650,000 miles, only one was killed by indians, one schedule was not completed and one mail lost.
The Pony Express ran from April 3, 1860, to October 24, 1861, when the telegraph put it out of business. When the Pony Express delivered President Lincoln’s inaugural speech in 1861, it was their fastest time on record. They carried the mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in seven days and seventeen hours, despite the harsh March weather.
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Civic Center Park
St Joseph possesses what many similarly-sized and larger cities lack, which is a wide open common in the city center. The Civic Center Park is bounded by the Pony Express monument, a hillside with a facsimile of the Statue of Liberty and a pocket of B&Bs (old Victorian homes), a few important churches and the imposing City Hall with its gorgeous Italianate architecture. Unlike many American counties, the war memorial resides here rather than on the courthouse lawn.
The Labyrinth of St Joseph
Most of St Joseph's streets are one-way, so cruising directly to your destination is not always a straightforward matter. As well, the typical street signs often disappear once you leave the historic centers, but streets are generally marked nonetheless by small posts at intersections. If you note the disappearance of the familiar green street signs, watch for white posts at the corners rising no more than three feet.
Built around 1911 at 25th and Frederick Avenue, this castle-like structure was once the residence of Dr Jacob Geiger, and today remains unique among St Joseph residences. Now a branch of the United Missouri Bank and a perfect building for such an enterprise, the former home is one of several on the National Register of Historic Places.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Several blocks away from the decidedly more handsome churches in the historic center, the Westminster Presbyterian Church is distinguished among other St Joseph churches in its Tiffany windows. While these may not be spectacular from the inside or from without, they remain rare examples of elegant glassworks through the whole of Missouri.