Pony Express Route: April 3, 1860 - October 24, 1861
[Omaha]: [Union Pacific Railroad], . Pictorial panorama map [22 cm x 72 cm] on a single sheet [26 cm x 76 cm] 'A' condition. Nice and bright. Item #4621
Pictorial map of the route and stations of the short-lived Pony Express, likely produced to commemorate the centennial of the iconic delivery service. The text is by Howard R. Driggs and the artwork is by the renowned western artist, William Henry Jackson.
William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was one of the most prolific (and maybe the most famous) of Western artists. During his career, Jackson photographed and painted numerous views of the West between Nebraska and California, from cliff dwellings to industrial urban centers.
"Over this historic route daring young Americans on fleet horses sped night and day while other courageous men kept and supplied the stations along the far-flung, dangerous line. This pioneer fast mail service, maintained despite serious loss to its patriotic promoters, made a notable contribution to our national welfare."