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Pony Express Overland Canyon, Juab, Utah


Canyon Pony Express Station in Juab County, Utah

Text from sign at station:

"American Indians inhabited lands along the Pony Express Trail for thousands of years before the Pony began its historic run.  From the 1840s through the 1860s, they watched swarms of white settlers cross their homelands--impacting traditional hunting grounds with cattle and oxen grazing prairie grasses down to bare ground, and then the senseless killing of thousands of buffalo.

A long history of hostilities on both sides, combined with the terrible atrocities committed by hordes of miners during the 1859-60 rush for silver and gold at the Comstock Lode Mine in western Nevada, launched several years of conflict throughout the Great Basin area.  Emigrant wagon trains, Pony Express riders, and station keepers alike began experiencing the angry reactions of regional tribes.

Pony Express riders and station workers alike were frequent targets of attack.  Because they could hide safely behind cabin walls during an attack, one might think that workers in the station were safer than the riders were.  Not so-- more station workers were killed than riders were.  Unlike riders who could usually outrun threats, station keepers were sitting ducks.  Most of the stations across western Utah and Nevada were not much more than flimsy shelters -- frequently located in remote areas far from help.

British adventurer, Sir Richard Burton, on his way west from Salt Lake City in 1860, made this observation on the stations:

"On this line there are two kinds of stations, the mail stations, where there is an agent in charge of five or six 'boys,' and the express station -- where there is only a master and an expiress rider. . . It is a hard life, setting aside the change of death - - no less than three murders have been committed by the Indians during this year."

The original station, located about three miles west of here, was burned down in an Indian attack, rebuilt with stones on this site, and renamed Canyon Station."


Copyright: Calvin Jones
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10924x5462
Taken: 28/05/2012
Chargée: 29/05/2012
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Tags: pony express; canyon station; burnt station; utah; juab
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Utah is a state located in the westcentral region of the United States of America.  Utah is the 13th largest state by area, ranks 34th by population and 10th by population density of the 50 United States.  Utah was the 45th state to be admitted into the Union, on January 4, 1896. Utah is landlocked, being bordered by the states of Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the northeast, Nevada on the west, Colorado on the east and Arizona to the south.  Utah is very mountainous and is a popular outing destination of the outdoorsman.  The state population is about 2.82M with 95% being Caucasian, 2.4% Asian, 1.7% Native American and 1.3% Black. The state capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.Source: wikipedia

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