Gothenburg Pony Express Station
Museum interior is closed for the off-season. We'll be reopening on April 3rd, 2024!
The station exterior is
always accessible for exploration & photo opportunities 24-7, 365, please feel free to stop by for a quick visit even if we're not home.
Check the "Hours" or "Visit" tabs for additional information.
When you're here, listen to our FM audio tour or
Check out the "quick" tour video below - right now
The museum interior may be closed for the off-season, but our on-line gift shop is open for business 24-7. We're adding new items often so check out the tab above for some unique gifts this year!!
. WANTED .
Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen.
Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily.
About Our Station & Museum
Gothenburg is home to two original Pony Express stations. The Sam Machette station (museum) is located in the beautiful Ehmen city park/arboretum. The original log building was disassembled, moved and reassembled in its current location in 1931 after it was donated to the city of Gothenburg by Mrs. C.A. Williams. After a couple of local teenagers noticed tourists stopping to peer into it's windows, they approached the city council with a request to open a gift shop inside the station. They were granted approval and the Gothenburg Pony Express station was officially opened to the public in the mid 1950's. The station/museum has continued on as a nationally known tourist attraction that's been open every summer since that time.
Throughout the years, the station has remained the property of the City of Gothenburg but management of the museum has switched hands several times. Most recently, a non-profit by the name of Gothenburg Pony Express Association was formed when the previous managers stepped away and there were worries that the station may close. Thanks to some hard work and quick thinking, the Pony Express Station museum is still open and is better than ever. Between 30,000 to 40,000 people visit the station every year and continue Gothenburg's legacy as the "Pony Express Capital of Nebraska".
The second station in Gothenburg is still located on the original Oregon/Pony Express trail just south of town on private property. The Midway Station is owned and meticulously cared for by the Gill family of Gothenburg. Even though this station is not open to the general public, special interest groups and tour buses have been allowed out to view the property. If you would like more information on setting up a tour, please contact us.
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