Hollenberg Ranch and The Pony Express - E. of Washington, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 50.577 W 096° 51.762
14S E 682864 N 4412512
Quick Description: Ranch which served as a stop on the Pony Express, and a brief history of the riders and the Oregon-California Trail.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/17/2019 4:14:29 AM
Waymark Code: WM10JNY
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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Long Description:

County of marker: Washington County
Location: KS-148 & US-36, roadside park, 11 miles East of Washington
Marker Number: Not Known
Date Erected: Not Shown
Erected by: Kansas State Historical Society & Kansas Department of Transportation

Marker Text:


Begun in 1858, the Hollenberg Ranch, four miles north and one mile east of here, served as a stop on the Oregon-California Trail until the late 1860s. Gerat and Sophia Hollenberg, German emigrants, sold food and other supplies, lodging, and draft animals to passing travelers. Settlers, freighters, soldiers, stagecoach passengers, and Pony Express riders all stopped there.

For a year and a half in 1860 and 1861, the Pony express operated like a relay race delivering mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Wiry riders, often mere boys, hurried their horses between stations that were about ten miles apart. At each station they changed to a fresh mount, and at every third station a rested rider took over. Through such teamwork the mail could cross half a continent in about a third of the time required by stagecoach. By mid-1861, however, the transcontinental telegraph was carrying messages at the speed of electricity, and the Pony Express could not compete.

Who placed it?: Kansas State Historical Society & Kansas Department of Transportation

When was it placed?: Unknown

Who is honored?: Pony Express Riders and Oregon-California Trail Pioneers

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