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Historical marker honoring Pony Express founder to be dedicated in Franklin this Saturday

Monday, 09 30, 2013

CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2013) —The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor Alexander Majors at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Oct. 5, on Kenny Perry Dr. in Franklin, Ky.

Majors was a co-founder of the Pony Express. He was born near the marker site on Oct. 4, 1814. Five years later, his family moved to the Missouri Territory. In 1849, he formed a freighting business from Missouri to Santa Fe and several years later became partners with William Russell and William Waddell hauling military and civilian freight. By 1859, their company employed 4,000 men and included 3,500 wagons, 40,000 oxen and 1,000 mules.

Majors started the Pony Express in 1860. Mail was carried on horseback from Missouri to California in 10 days. The business ended when the overland telegraph was completed in1861. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody worked for Majors as a youth and later published Majors’ memoirs.

Majors died in 1900. He is buried with his wife, Katherine, in Union Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

This marker is sponsored by the Simpson County Historical Society.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history lessons that make a connection between the history, communities and items housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history accessible to the public, not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.


For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.