As Spring Approaches, Historic Hollenberg Pony Express Station Comes to Life

People come here because they can imagine themselves in that moment.

- Megan Sothan, Site Administrator - Hollenberg Pony Express Station

HANOVER, KS – “It just tells the story of us, of the people, of who we are. The people who settled here, the people who didn’t, the people who moved on, and just helps to capture that bubble of history. It just gives us a base from which to learn more about our past,” said Site Administrator of the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, Megan Sothan.

Established in 1857, the Hollenberg Pony Express Station was founded by Gerat H. Hollenberg for travelers along the California and Oregon Trails. When the Pony Express began in 1860, it served as a remount location for riders.

Located five miles northeast of Hanover, Kansas, it is the only original Pony Express Station that has been left unadulterated on it’s original site.

“People come here because they can imagine themselves in that moment. They can imagine themselves here on the trail at Hollenberg Station and just become a part of the history in that way,” said Sothan.

On Thursday, the station opened its doors during the offseason to give a tour to St. John Lutheran School from Alma, Kansas.

The Hollenberg Pony Express Station is open May through October.

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