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150th Year Celebration of Pony Express - Re-Ride & Celebrations Schedule 2010

Carson City, Fort Churchill and Historic Genoa, Nevada Part of 150th Year Celebration of the Pony Express

Each year the Pony Express Association re-enacts the actual ride that took place from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 1860 and 1861 - a 10-day, 1,966-mile journey. More than 600 riders on horseback will participate in the annual "Pony" re-ride from June 6 to June 26 on the original pony express trail through the eight states it served: California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Riders will carry Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, Pony Express style. The cachets, honor Pony Express history,

See Sharon Gay's Photos and Slideshow of Historic Genoa Pony Express Celebration

If you live in the Reno, Carson Valley, or Lake Tahoe area and want to catch a glimpse of the "Pony" refer to the listings and schedule below:

  • Arrive Genoa, Nevada Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm PDT. Stay overnight at Genoa. A presentation event is planned.
  • Depart Genoa, Nevada Wednesday, June 9, 6:00am PDT.
  • Arrive Carson City, Nevada Wednesday, June 9, 8:30am PDT. A presentation event is planned.
  • Depart Carson City, Nevada Wednesday, June 9, 9:00am PDT.
  • Arrive Fort Churchill Wednesday, June 9, 2:00pm PDT. A presentation event is planned.

150th Year Celebration of Pony Express - Re-Ride & Celebrations Schedule 2010

Normally, the "Pony" Re-Ride is a 10-day, 24-hour a day, non-stop event by over 500 riders and horses. In 2010 the Annual Re-Ride will divert to all daytime hours in most places. This gives the Divisions and communities a chance to hold celebrations. The mail will be carried by rivercraft from San Francisco to Sacramento before the start of the reride .

Depart San Francisco, California
Sunday, June 6, 8:00am PDT

Depart Baylink Pier, San Francisco, California
Sunday, June 6, 8:45am PDT

The mail will travel up the Sacramento River by ferry.

Arrive Old Sacramento
Sunday, June 8, 8:00pm PDT

Stay overnight at Old Sacramento.

Depart Old Sacramento
Monday, June 7, 11:00am PDT

Depart Folsom, California
Monday, June 7, 2:39pm PDT

There will be a special event at the Folsom Museum.

Depart Pleasant Grove House
Monday, June 7, 4:20pm PDT

Depart Rescue Post Office
Monday, June 7, 4:50pm PDT

Depart Hwy 49/Mother Load Drive
Monday, June 7, 6:06pm PDT

There will be a special event at Hwy 49/Mother Load Drive.

Depart Diamond Springs Post Office
Monday, June 7, 6:35pm PDT

Depart Hangtown Chamber of Commerce
Monday, June 7, 7:10pm PDT

There will be a special event at Hangtown Chamber of Commerce.

Depart Camino Post Office
Monday, June 7, 8:30pm PDT

Depart Sportmans Hall, Pollock Pines, California
Monday, June 7, 9:00pm PDT

There will be a special event at Sportmans Hall.

Arrive Fresh Pond
Monday, June 7, 10:00pm PDT

Stay overnight at Fresh Pond.

Depart Fresh Pond
Tuesday, June 8, 5:15am PDT

Arrive Brockliss Bridge Crossing
Tuesday, June 8, 5:45am PDT

Depart Brockliss Bridge
Tuesday, June 8, 6:15am PDT

Depart Cleaveland Corral
Tuesday, June 8, 7:25am PDT

Depart Kyburz Dump
Tuesday, June 8, 9:56am PDT

Depart XP Corral
Tuesday, June 8, 11:06am PDT

Depart Strawberry
Tuesday, June 8, 11:41am PDT

Depart Sierra Ski Ranch
Tuesday, June 8, 12:41pm PDT

Depart Old US 50 & US 50
Tuesday, June 8, 1:25pm PDT

Depart Luther Pass
Tuesday, June 8, 2:45pm PDT

Depart Picketts Junction
Tuesday, June 8, 3:10pm PDT

Arrive Woodfords
Tuesday, June 8, 4:00pm PDT

Depart Woodfords, California
Tuesday, June 8, 4:00pm PDT

Arrive Genoa, Nevada
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm PDT

Stay overnight at Genoa. A presentation event is planned.

Depart Genoa, Nevada
Wednesday, June 9, 6:00am PDT

Arrive Carson City, Nevada
Wednesday, June 9, 8:30am PDT

A presentation event is planned.

Depart Carson City, Nevada
Wednesday, June 9, 9:00am PDT

Arrive Fort Churchill
Wednesday, June 9, 2:00pm PDT

A presentation event is planned.

Arrive Shurz Highway
Wednesday, June 9, 6:00pm PDT

Stay overnight at Shurz Highway.

Depart Shurz Highway
Thursday, June 10, 4:00am PDT

Depart Sand Springs
Thursday, June 10, 8:30am PDT

Depart Cold Springs
Thursday, June 10, 1:30pm PDT

Arrive Railroad Pass
Thursday, June 10, 6:30pm PDT

Stay overnight at Railroad Pass.

Depart Railroad Pass
Friday, June 11, 6:00am PDT

Depart Grubb Well
Friday, June 11, 2:30pm PDT

Depart Overland Pass
Friday, June 11, 9:30pm PDT

Arrive Ibapah
Saturday, June 12, 4:00pm PDT

*** Time Change to Mountain Daylight Time ***

Depart Ibapha
Saturday, June 12, 5:00pm MDT

Arrive Callao, Utah
Saturday, June 12, 8:320pm MDT

Hold mail overnight at Willow Springs Ranch

Sunday, June 13
Travel across desert by daylight; camp at Lookout Pass.

Arrive Fairfield, Utah
Monday, June 14, 10:30am MDT

Celebration planned at Stagecoach Inn.

Depart Fairfield, Utah
Monday, June 14, 11:00am MDT

Arrival Eagle Mountain, Utah
Monday, June 14, 11:30amm MDT

Dedication of a new Pony Express Monument.

Arrive Hutchings Museum, Lehi, Utah
Monday, June 14,1:00pm MDT

After a quick stop the mail leaves Lehi at 1:15pm MDT.

Arrive Sandy Museum
Monday, June 14, 2:45pm MDT

After a quick stop the mail leaves Sandy at 3:00pm MDT.

Depart Murray Park
Monday, June 14, 3:30pm MDT

Arrive "This is the Place" Heritage Park
Monday, June 14, 5:00pm MDT

Celebration planned at "This is the Place" Heritage Park with the National Park Service and Salt Lake City.

Depart "This is the Place" Heritage Park
Monday, June 14, 5:30pm MDT

Arrive East Canyon Resort
Monday, June 14, 8:00pm MDT

After a quick stop the mail leaves East Canyon Resort at 8:15pm MDT.

Arrive Henefer, Utah
Monday, June 14, 9:30pm MDT.

After a quick stop the mail leaves Henefer at 9:45pm MDT.

Arrive Echo, Utah
Monday, June 14, 10:15pm MDT

After a quick stop the mail leaves Echo at 10:30pm MDT.

Arrive Utah/Wyoming State Line
Tuesday, June 15, 2:00am MDT

Depart Utah/Wyoming State Line
Tuesday, June 15, 4:30am MDT

Depart Ft. Bridger, Wyoming
Tuesday, June 15, 9:30am MDT

Depart Sweetwater County Line
Tuesday, June 15, 12:45pm MDT

Arrive Granger, Wyoming
Tuesday, June 15, 1:15pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at Hams Fork Station.

Depart Green River Crossing
Tuesday, June 15, 3:00pm MDT

Depart Farson, Wyoming
Tuesday, June 15, 5:00pm MDT

Arrive Atlantic City, Wyoming
Tuesday, June 15, 11:15pm MDT

Stay overnight at Atlantic City.

Depart Atlantic City, Wyoming
Wednesday, June 16, 4:30am MDT

Depart Sweetwater Station
Wednesday, June 16, 8:30am MDT

Arrive Jeffery City, Wyoming
Wednesday, June 16, 10:30am MDT

After a quick stop the mail leaves Jeffery City at 10:45am MDT.

Arrive Martin's Cove
Wednesday, June 16, 1:45pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at Martin's Cove.

Arrive Fort Caspar, Wyoming
Wednesday, June 16, 8:00pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at Fort Caspar.

Arrive Casper, Wyoming
Wednesday, June 16, 9:15pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at the BLM Trails Interpretive Center.

Arrive Sinclair Refinery
Wednesday, June 16, 10:30pm MDT

Stay overnight at Sinclair Refinery.

Depart Sinclair Refinery
Thursday, June 17, 4:30am MDT

Arrive Glenrock, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 5:30am MDT

A presentation event is planned at Glenrock.

Depart Inez, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 6:45am MDT

Depart Inez Road
Thursday, June 17, 9:45am MDT

Depart Douglas, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 11:45am MDT

Depart Glendo, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 1:00pm MDT

Depart Wendover, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 7:15pm MDT

Depart Gernsey, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 8:15pm MDT

Arrive Ft. Laramie, Wyoming
Thursday, June 17, 9:45pm MDT

Stay overnight at Ft. Laramie.

Depart Ft. Laramie, Wyoming
Friday, June 18, 4:30am MDT

Depart Torrington, Wyoming
Friday, June 18, 6:30am MDT

Arrive Henry, Nebraska
Friday, June 18, 7:15am MDT

A short stop at Henry, Nebraska, for coffee and donuts.

Depart Henry, Nebraska
Friday, June 18, 7:30am MDT

Depart Scottsbluff
Friday, June 18, 10:00am MDT

Depart Chimney Rock
Friday, June 18, 12:00pm MDT

Depart Bridgeport, Nebraska
Friday, June 18, 2:00pm MDT

Depart Mud Springs
Friday, June 18, 3:30pm MDT

Arrive Sidney, Nebraska
Friday, June 18, 6:00pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at Cabelais Store to dedicate a New Pony Express National Monument.

Arrive Chappell, Nebraska
Friday, June 18, 10:30pm MDT

Stay overnight at Chappell.

Depart Chappell, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 5:30am MDT

Arrive Ovid, Colorado
Saturday, June 19, 7:00am MDT

Stop of a pancake breakfast

Depart Big Springs, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 9:30am MDT

Arrive Ogallala, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 12:00pm MDT

A presentation event is planned at the Ogallala Trails Park south of the town.

Arrive Paxton, Nebraska
Saurday, June 19, 2:30pm MDT

*** Time Change to Central Daylight Time ***

Depart Paxton, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 3:30pm CDT

Depart North Platte, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 7:00pm CDT

Arrive Brady, Nebraska
Saturday, June 19, 10:30pm CDT

Stay overnight at Brady.

Depart Brady, Nebraska
Sunday, June 20, 6:00am CDT

Arrive Gothenburg, Nebraska
Sunday, June 20, 8:00am CDT

Breakfast at Machette Station located in the city park.

Depart Cozad, Nebraska
Sunday, June 20, 10:00am CDT

Depart Plum Creek
Sunday, June 20, 2:00pm CDT

Arrive Fort Kearney
Sunday, June 20, 5:00pm CDT

A presentation event is planned at Fort Kearney State Historic Park with an old fashioned picnic (starting at 1:00pm) and period costumed characters.

Depart Susan Hill Grave
Sunday, June 20, 7:30pm CDT

Arrive Oregon Trail Marker
Sunday, June 20, 11:00pm CDT

Stay overnight at Oregon Trail Marker.

Depart Oregon Trail Marker
Monday, June 21, 5:00am CDT

Arrive Oak, Nebraska
Monday, June 21, 9:15am CDT

Stop for coffect at Oak.

Depart Oak, Nebraska
Monday, June 21, 9:30am CDT

Depart Highway 53
Monday, June 21,m 1:00pm CDT

Arrive Rock Creek Station
Monday, June 21, 3:45pm CDT

Presentation event planned at Rock Creek State Historic Park.

Arrive Nebraska/Kansas State Line
Monday, June 21, 6:00pm CDT

Depart Nebraska/Kansas State Line
Monday, June 21, 6:00pm CDT

Arrive Hollenberg Station
Monday, June 21 7:00pm CDT

Presentation event planned at Hollenberg Station State Historic Park.

Depart Hollenberg Station
Monday, June 21, 7:30pm CDT

Arrive Marysville Home Station
Monday, June 21, 9:30pm CDT

Presentation event planned at Marysville Home Station.

Depart Marysville Home Station
Monday, June 21, 10:00pm CDT

Depart Guttiard Station
Tuesday, June 22, 12:15am CDT

Arrive west of Seneca, Kansas
Tuesday, June 22, 4:00am CDT

Hold west of Seneca until 6:45am.

Arrive Seneca Museum
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00am CDT

Presentation event planned at Seneca Museum.

Depart Seneca Museum
Tuesday, June 22, 7:30am CDT

Arrive Horton, Kansas
Tuesday, June 22, 12:00pm CDT

Presentation event planned at Horton.

Depart Horton, Kansas
Tuesday, June 22, 12:30pm CDT

Depart Wathana-Elwood
Tuesday, June 22, 6:00pm CDT

Arrive Misouri River Bridge
Tuesday, June 22, 6:30pm CDT

Depart Kennekuk Station
Friday, June 25, 3:00pm CDT

Mail will be relayed into Atchison as it was during the last two months of the Pony Express operation in 1861.

Arrive Atchison, Kansas
Friday, June 25, 6:30pm CDT

Depart Missouri River
Saturday, June 26, 10:00am CDT

The 150th Anniversary Re-Ride ends with a river crossing, a parade through downtown St. Joseph, swinging past the Pony Express Monument, and ending at the Patee House Museum.

The National Pony Express Association will conduct its annual Re-Ride over the 1,966 mile route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail from California, through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas to Missouri, June 6 to 26, 2010.

The event commemorates the Pony Express of 1860-1861. 2010 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express. The Central Overland and California Pikes Peak Express Company carried letters and telegrams for 19 months to prove the Central Route through Salt Lake passable year round. The owners hoped to win a federal mail contract on that route. Pony Express history is preserved in the federally designated Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service, in museums, Pony Rider monuments, books, and the annual re-creations by the NPEA.

Each of the eight "Pony Express" states (California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri) will also be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express with events of their own, as well as, creating their own souvenirs. These events will be posted on this site as soon as dates have been set.

Riders will carry Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, Pony Express style. The cachets, honoring Pony Express history, will be available for purchase by NPEA members, historians, and philatelists. The envelopes will show they were carried by the Pony Express and the first class postage will have a special US Postal service cancellation. Only the number of letters purchased will be carried.
Communications between Riders and Ride Captains will be provided by amateur radio operators in the states of California, Nevada, Utah, eastern Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Ham Radio is a very important part of this Re-Ride because there are many parts of the trail that communication by other means is not available. When Riders are many times in an area where the hams are unable to follow ham operators are placed at various checkpoints/exchanges (where the mochilla is passed from one horse to another) and communicate to net control the position and time of arrival and departure. This gives those personnel responsible for that part of the reride information as to where the rider is and if the mail is on time. Naturally any emergency can be handled by the hams, such injuries to riders or horses.

A GPS transmitter will be carried in one of the cantinas on the Mochila.The size of a deck of cards, the GPS unit will transmitt the location of the Mochila to a satellite. This information will be available online allowing one to follow the progress of Rider and Mail in real time. Link to the web page.

"Pony Express riders were brave men worthy of remembrance. Six died during the 19 months of the Pony Express. Three were killed in Nevada during the Paiute Indian War and three died of natural causes, if freezing in Nebraska is a natural cause. The riders were said to ride like the wind, equipped only with a Bible, Bowie knife, Colt pistol and knapsack of mail. They were supposed to be men of good moral character. Old illustrations show them leaping from tired horses to fresh ones, something they did every 10 to 15 miles to reach the next station down the line as quickly as possible." _ Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal

The National Pony Express Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit historical organization for the purpose of identifying, reestablishing and marking the original pony express trail through the eight states it served: California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. The Association is active throughout the year and is the chief supporter for the preservation of the Pony Express National Historic Trail.

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