Sunday, June 20, 2010
PONY EXPRESS DAY 5
Our second stop of the day was at the Pony Express Monument in Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. As early as we left and as hard as we pushed we were not the first Model A's to arrive there. The monument has a big bronze statue and a replica of a typical Utah Pony Express station, which was used just for changing horses. The replica was built for display at the 2002 Olympics in SLC and the logs and lumber came from an old 19th century barn. After the Olympics, it was moved to Heritage Park and now sits within a few hundred yards of the original PX route. Not much for creature comforts, just four walls and a roof, about ten foot square, no windows except for a gun slit in the back. There was also a very small corral in the back that faced the gun slit.
Saw one more marker in Henefer, UT and then pressed on to Evanston,WY. After recharging a little, went out in search of the visitor center. After driving up and down the freeway a couple times, we finally found it in Bear River Park. The nice older lady inside the visitor center fixed us up with lots of WY maps and pamphlets and historical facts and even demonstrated the use of a freight wagon hub wrench. The park has a small herd of bison and there were six new babies. The little bison are really cute and the adult bison are really rather menacing looking. Bob B. was really wanting a buffalo chip but we dissuaded him since the bison compound has lots of signs that say "bison are dangerous" and a double fence (electrified) all around so folks like us can't reach in. The park also had three elk in velvet. Inside the visitor center they have a big pile of elk horns that have been shed by their elk, and I didn't take a picture of them. (Duhhh)