Sunday, July 07, 2024

The Pony Express (Re)Rides Again! - Full Article

This annual event follows the famous trail between Missouri and California on the same 10-day schedule as navigated by the original riders.

By: Kim Izzo | June 26, 2024

The Pony Express is entrenched in the lore of the American West, yet it only existed for 18 months between 1860-1861. The horses and riders who travelled the mail route from Missouri to California – some 1,800 miles in ten days or less – remain the stuff of legends. But the Pony Express was cut short by the arrival of the telegram machine which connected the states more efficiently in order to spread news, especially during the Civil War era.

Today, there is a group of passionate horsemen and women, called re-riders, who mount up and reenact the same route through the original eight states...

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