Pony Express Statue - Stateline, NV

Pony Statue - Reno Hilton The Pony Express statue at the Hilton Hotel in Reno, Nevada, is probably viewed by more people than any of the other statues. Called "Special Delivery" the statue was personally commissioned by Baron Hilton in 1994 to honor Nevada's role in the Pony Express adventure.

This remarkable Pony Express Statue, designed by Douglas Van Howd of Auburn, California, depicts the delivery of Lincoln's Inaugural Address of 1860. To insure accuracy, Van Howd studied as original saddle, mail pouch, and tack exhibited at the Cody Museum in Wyoming.

"Special Delivery", arranged on a base approximately 15 feet across, features horse and rider, as well as, an individual reaching to hand the rider a mail pouch which contains Lincoln's Inaugural Address. The mochila is thrown across the saddle, two loaded cartridge belts cross the torso of the rider who is reaching for a pouch being held out by an individual who could be a station master.

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The plaque at the base of the statue reads:

"SPECIAL DELIVERY"
by Sculptor Douglas Van Howd

The Pony Express was created on April 3, 1860, to move mail from St. Joseph, MO, to Sacramento, CA, a distance of 1960 miles. The Pony Express consisted of 190 stations, 500 select horses, and 80 experienced riders who averaged 75 miles a day and were paid $25 per week. The mail cost $1 to $5 per oz and was carried in a leather vest or mochila designed for a quick change. The most famous ride was in March 1861 when Abraham Lincoln became President. The news and Inaugural Address was to reach the west by Pony Express "Special Delivery". While the average ride took 9 to 10 days, this news was delivered in a record 7 days 17 hours.

Van Howd Studios, Auburn, California

Upon seeing this statue for the first time you will recognize it for what it is: a fantastic tribute to the Pony Express rider and his place in the history and westward development of this great country.