“As we grow farther away in time from historic events, they become more important to our common understanding of who we are as a nation,” said National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Director Mike Abel. “We invite everyone to attend the 34th 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!”
This year’s re-ride is scheduled to depart St. Joseph, Missouri on June 17 and arrive in Sacramento, California on June 27. Nearly 600 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.
“Please help us keep this chapter of our history alive and fun for younger generations,” said Abel. “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 10:00 a.m. 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.
The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.
The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on seasonal hours, and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.