Pony Express Statue - Stateline, NV

Pony Express Statue - Harrahs The Pony Express statue in front of Harrah's Casino, Stateline, Nevada, commemorates the site of Friday's Station which was located about a mile east. To commemorate the Pony Express and its intrepid riders, Harrah's commissioned a statue by sculptor Dr. Avard Fairbanks. It was designed with Sierra Nevada history and environment as a theme. This heroic-sized bronze statue of a rider in full gallop was cast in Pietrasanta, Italy, and now stands in a park like setting at the hotel entrance.

The plaque establishes the monument as a National Pony Express Trail Marker and was dedicated on April 4, 1963. The information on the statue plaque concerning Friday's Station was taken from the book, "The Pony Express in Nevada" which is a limited publication, by Harrah's, to help celebrate the nation's Bicentennial in 1976. The closing statement on the Preface page is a charge to present day history buffs and pony riders. '`Now that a part of our heritage has been preserved, we all must share the responsibility of preserving the trail and station sites for future generations to enjoy and treasure." Bill Harrah would have been pleased to see the designation of the Pony Express Trail as a National Historic Trail.

Dr. Fairbanks also designed the Pony Express statues near Salt Lake City, Utah, and Casper, Wyoming.