DATE: June 30, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-46
SUMMER TALK SERIES CONTINUES
The Summer 2005 History in the Park - Stories from the West continues with a presentation on the Pony Express on Tuesday, July 12th, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
The talk, entitled “The Pony Express Rides!” will be given by noted Western American Historian Joe Nardone of Laguna Hills, California.
Nardone described his talk, “Although it was only in operation for a short 19 months 2 weeks and 3 days – April 3, 1860 to November 20, 1861, and a financial disaster – it captures the spirit of the American West like no other story. It fires the imagination to this day. The Pony Express improved communication between east and west. It proved the central route across United States could be traveled all winter and it supported the central route for the transcontinental railroad. The Pony Express kept communication open to California at the beginning of the Civil War. It provided the fastest Communication between east and west until the telegraph put it out of business.”
Joe Nardone is the Director of the Pony Express Trail Association. He retired in 1982 and devoted the next 23 years to traveling, mapping, erecting monuments on, and preserving the Pony Express National Historic Trail. He’s walked the entire length of the trail - all 2,012 miles from San Francisco to St. Joseph, Missouri … and jogged it as well.
He’s driven the Trail, flown over it in a small plane, ridden a mountain bike across it, and ridden a horse across its length. He has already covered the trail more than 50 times and logged over 500,000 miles in researching and mapping the trail.
The Summer 2005 History in the Park - Stories from the West program is a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Several of the talks focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, all talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum Theater. All talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.
For more information about the series, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.