I've been visiting the original Pony Express stations in Utah. Nerd alert is probably warranted...
Anyhow, after seeing a blog by another rider on the topic I decided to use the Pony Express as an excuse and a framework to see more of my state and learn a bit more of our history. I'm using the excellent yet brief book "The Pony Express Stations in Utah" by Hearty and Hatch in addition to various web sources. The Pony Express Stations in Utah: Patrick Hearty, Dr. Joseph Hatch: Amazon.com: Books
There are sure to be many references for your own area if you live where the Pony Express ran.
The Pony Express ran during 1860 and 1861 between St. Joseph Missouri and Sacramento California. At any one time there were reportedly 40 riders on horseback riding the trail, 24/7! The Utah segment ran through mountainous terrain from the northeast near Evanston Wyoming down to Salt Lake City, then across the desert to Nevada. Stations were approximately 10 miles apart.
For my own simplicity I've broken it into several sections and will be riding it as time permits. Today I rode the Cedar Valley segment, and previously most of the Salt Lake Valley segment.
Northeast Segment: Leave out of Evanston south about 10 miles on back roads to first stop, then jog west to I-80 frontage road, ride down the canyon to junction with I-84 at Echo. Four PE stations on this section.
East Mountain Segment: From Echo northwest to Henefer then zig-zag westward past East Canyon reservoir and up to the summit of Emigration Canyon. Three PE stations on this section.
Salt Lake Segment: Descend from the summit of Emigration Canyon down into Salt Lake City, then follow State St. south to Sandy then to the prison at Point of the Mountain. Four PE stations on this section.
Cedar Valley Segment: From Point of the Mountain to Eagle Mountain, then out to Fairfield. Two stations on this section.
West Desert Segment: This is the longest, about 150 miles one way, much of it dirt road on the exact Pony Express trail, also used for the Overland Stage Coach, and used by pioneer wagon trains. Passes south of Dugway Proving Grounds across the desert to the Nevada border between Wendover and Ely. Remote with no gas or services. Fifteen PE stations on this section.