In the old mid-west around 1860, St. Joseph, Missouri was the end of the line as far as modern travel and communications go. There was no way to get mail further west except by stagecoach or ship which would take many months. Until that is, the invention of the Pony Express. The express riders would brave the weather, Indian attacks, and animal attacks to get the mail through to the west. Many never survived the trip. Some claim that these riders can still be seen and heard today along what was once The Oregon Trail near the only remaining Pony Express station that is still intact, The Hollenberg Station in Hanover, Kansas.