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Pony Express reride to pass Fort Bridger Saturday

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

The Pony Express rider arrived at Fort Bridger last year on the national reride. PIONEER FILE PHOT/Virginia Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

FORT BRIDGER – This year riders for the Pony Express reride are headed west, and the ride is slated to culminate in Sacramento on June 27.

The reride started on June 16. The reride is scheduled to make it to Fort Bridger on Saturday.

The National Pony Express Re-Ride is an annual re-enactment of mail delivery between Sacramento, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo., by horseback. A mail pouch called a Mochilla is passed from rider to rider in a relay crossing eight states in ten days, the same length of time that the original Pony Express ran in 1860.

The Pony Express is ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West and was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news across 1966 miles of the then untamed west, chased by Indians and braving uncertain weather they rode night and day.

On this year’s ride, the Pony Express entered Wyoming around 2 p.m. yesterday, coming in from Henry, Neb. They are scheduled to leave Farson at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, June 22, and to cross into Uinta County around noon. They are slated to leave Fort Bridger about 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

The Pony Express is scheduled to arrive at Old Sacramento on Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m., Pacific daylight time.

For the complete article see the 06-21-2013 issue.

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