Pony Express Museum is situated in St. Joseph, Missouri. It stands as a tribute to the legend and legacy of a famous mail service, the Pony Express, and its enduring era. Founded by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell and Alexander Majors; the Pony Express was the first fast mail line across the North American continent from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. During the 1950s, the Goetz Pony Express Foundation and M. Karl Goetz, along with the aid and support form the Chamber of Commerce and the St. Joseph Museum, saved a portion of the neglected Pikes Peak Stables (in St. Joseph) from total extinction. The protected part soon became Missouri's Pony Express Museum. In 1993, a further attempt was made to restore the remaining portion of the stables to its original size. Modern, interactive and educational exhibits were created during that time. Today, the central exhibition contains materials that illustrate the need, creation, operation and termination of the famous mail service, which lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. The Pony Express Museum offers a wide variety of programs for students. It has guided tours upon request as well as a variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt and several other interactive worksheets.