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Review of Pony Express Barn

Pony Express Barn
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Yes, it's a barn. But wagon ruts are just trenches in the dirt unless you have a feeling for the history. And this barn is packed full of history. The museum is filled with great displays that interpret the Pony Express experience through the history of the town of Marysville, but the barn is the main attraction. Step into the past as you go through the double doors. Imagine the horses with their muzzles pressed against the ventilation holes, trying to breathe, while the blacksmith pounds on the anvil in the corner. Picture trying to sleep in an overheated barn while your bunkmate snores up a storm. Listen to the wind whistling through the cracks in the walls, and smell the dirt floor, littered with straw and spit and horse doo-doo. Breathe in the history, and be humbled by the longevity of the barn and the legend. The curator, Jill, has lots of stories and knowledge. Ask about the giant gun on the wall.

4  Thank Donna S
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Pony Express came through this town back in the day -- they've restored the original barn where they kept the horses and the riders most likely. Plus, there are a lot of other historical pieces of yesteryear from this little town. I'd highly recommend a stop if you have the time.

2  Thank Geotype
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

I was surprised to see that Marysville had so much history (even my husband who had grown up there was surprised at the amount). The front part of the building is the actually stables for the Pony Express. It houses most of the original items....though I was a bit disappointed that it was all cramped into the space....some relevant to the Pony Express but alot was just from the time period.

The rest of the building (which was added later and made to look like the original stone building of stable) was also very cramped and though some of it were from the time period of the Pony Express it also had farm equip and other things not from that time period. The 2nd floor of the building has the story of Marysville and how it is related to the Pony Express but I was sorta disappointed in it...as it was just 5 spaces with some items in there and signs on wall by each space to tell the story...but not every sign matched what was in the space. And since I have problems with stairs it was difficult to get up there.

But for the space and the amount of history that it contains it was a good place to visit.

2  Thank Misty S
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The curator has many stories of the town and its formation. I've heard stories of the Pony Express since my childhood, but this experience was truly enlightening.

2  Thank bobjan415
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

It's a barn. It is part of history and it had it's importance, but it's a barn.

1  Thank RoggBeattie_Kansas
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