The Pony Express was a unique experiment in the development of the West. The bronze statue is located in a park between Broadway and Hwy 36 on 7th Street and commemorates the tough young riders and fast ponies who carried mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California and back. Although the Pony Express lasted only 18 months, in 1860-1861, it holds a unique place in the history of the nation. A re-ride over the route takes place every year in June. Salina artist Richard Bergen captured the unity of the horse and rider as they carried the mail across the prairie. Bergen is perhaps best known today for his recent sculpture of Ad Astra, the native American figure on the dome of the State Capitol in Topeka.
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