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Post at Friday's Station
 
 
Very little is known about this short lived military post established in 1864 near near the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, apparently situated on the California side of the lake.
 
Friday's Station was the point where the Pony Express riders crossed the California-Nevada line. "Friday" Burke and James Small were granted a franchise to operate a station along the western section of the Kingsbury Grade and Mac Donald Road. In the 1860's Friday's Station was an important remount stop for the Pony Express riders, and continued as a Way Station for the Pioneer stage lines and freight teams and wagons on the Bonanza Road.
 
(There is a marker 3/4 miles east of the California-Nevada State Line on U.S. 50 on the property where the Pony Express riders rode up to the remount station off Loop Road, across from Caesar's Tahoe. Although it is on private property, you can see the original blacksmith shop.)
 
The Pony Express statue in front of Harrah's Casino, Stateline, Nevada, commemorates the site of Friday's Station which was located about a mile east.

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