Trails Center Hosts Annual Pony Express Re-Ride
Cheer on Pony Express riders as they stop at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s re-ride is scheduled to depart Sacramento, California on June 13 and arrive in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 23. Nearly 500 members of the National Pony Express Association take part in the annual commemoration, which occurs day and night regardless of weather, to keep the mail on its historic 10-day transit of the 1,960-mile route.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Director Mike Abel said
“We invite everyone to attend the 34rd annual re-ride of the actual Pony Express route, conducted by the National Pony Express Association, as it stops to relay mail at the Trails Center on Tuesday morning! Come on up and cheer on the riders as they race across Wyoming in honor of the original Pony Express! By doing so you pay tribute not only to these dedicated men and women re-enactors, but also to the original riders as well.”
Doors open at the Trails Center at 8 a.m. and admission is free until after the rider has departed.
All visitors are welcome to the event at 11:30 but should be aware the riders could arrive as early as an hour or more before or up to an hour or more after the anticipated time. For additional information please call the NHTIC at (307) 261-7780, and be sure to visit the web site of the National Pony Express Association, where you can follow the progress of the riders in real time, at www.xphomestation.com.