The Pony Express sculpture in Marysville, Kansas has been relocated to the abandoned railbed corridor, on 7th Street, south off Highway 36 in downtown Marysville. The statue, a rider scurrying to keep his delivery deadline, is mounted within a raised circle about 30 feet in diameter.
The city created "Pony Express Plaza" to house the sculpture and three Lifetile murals, one depicting a Pony Express Horse and Rider. These tiles were created by artist, Rufus Sedar of Waltham, MA.
In 1984, Marysville attorney Bob Galloway, commissioned Richard Bergen, a Salina, Kansas artist, to design this sculpture for the City of Marysville. The sculpture, more than ten feet tall, fifteen feet long, and weighing over 3600 pounds, took thirteen months to complete. It was made to the likeness of Jack Keetley, a local rider in 1860-1861, and his mount. It was constructed by Bergen, and the $70,000 cost was paid with funds from the R.L. and Elsa Helvering Trust, of which Mr. Galloway was trustee. Landscaping fees of $60,000 were also paid for with Helvering Trust funds.
Dedication was held on July 4, 1985, on the 125th Anniversary of the Pony Express. Dignitaries present were Bill Arant, National President of the National Pony Express Association, Kansas Governor John Carlin, State Attorney General Bob Stephan, Secretary of State Jack Brier, two great-grand daughters of Alexander Majors, and four other distant descendants of Mr. Majors.
Letters of congratulations were received from President and Mrs. Reagan, Senators Bob Dole and Nancy Kassabaum of Kansas, and Paul Laxalt of Nevada. After the dedication there was an all horse-drawn parade, led by NPEA members, and watched by over 10,000 people.
Bob Galloway was made an Honorary Member of the NPEA at Sandy, Utah in 1986. A certificate was presented to his wife, as Mr. Galloway had passed away earlier in the year.
(Contributed by Ken and Arleta Martin)