William Henry Jackson

William Henry Jackson William Henry Jackson was an early photographer of the American West, as well as an accomplished artist. He traveled the Oregon-California Trail in 1866 and 1867, and later in life painted a series of watercolors based on his experiences. Scotts Bluff National Monument houses 63 of Jackson's historic paintings and many are on display in the monument's museum.

Like so many of his generation, Jackson was enamored of the Pony Express. The courage, commitment, and rugged sense of adventure that the Pony Express embodied was especially appealing to this artist. Jackson, who knew the west in the days of the Pony Express and drew on the spot and at the time. Jackson did much to immortalize the achievements of the Pony Express. Pony Express riders, as well as the all-important home and relay stations were the subjects of many of his paintings.

A number of his drawings and paintings are featured in two books by Howard Driggs: The Pony Express Goes Through, 1935, and The Old West Speaks, 1956.

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Pony Express Rider Changing Horses, Pumpkinseed Station, Nebraska Pony Rider Fording North Platte River Pony Rider Leaving Red Buttes Station Pony Rider - End of the Line

Pony Rider Coming Into Overland Station Pony Rider Comng Into Overland Station Rider Arriving At Sutter's Fort Rider Crossing Jordon River, Utah Rider Crossing Swollen Stream

St. Mary's Station, Wyoming Indian Ambush of Pony Rider Pony Rider Ambush, Fish Springs, Utah Stage and Pony Rider Leaving Red Buttes Along the Sweetwater, Near Split Rock