|June 7, 2006|
Contact: Gayle M. Irwin
Trails Center hosts Pony Express Riders
Facility offers free admission the afternoon of June 12th
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will serve as a rider and mail exchange site during the National Pony Express Association’s annual re-ride through Casper on Monday, June 12th; the exchange is scheduled for approximately 2 p.m.
The public is invited to view the exchange from the NHTIC’s outdoor plaza; admission to the Trails Center will be waived that day between 1 and 3 p.m.
Members of the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) plan to arrive in Wyoming near Evanston on Sunday, June 11 and depart the state on Tuesday, June 13, according to Les Bennington, president of NPEA’s Wyoming division. The ride is conducted 24 hours a day, and every two to five miles a rider changes horses, he said. Nearly 125 Wyoming riders will participate in the event.
Every summer NPEA members conduct a re-ride of the national Pony Express Trail, commemorating the historic enterprise that delivered the U.S. mail from 1860 to 1861. The trail links St. Joe, Missouri and Sacramento, California, covering more than 1,900 miles. Members complete the re-ride in 10 days.
“We do this because we love history and we love horses,” Bennington said. “We also want to keep the spirit alive that was part of the settling of this country.”
For more information, call 307-261-7780 or 307-261-7787. The public may also view Pony Express re-ride news at NPEA’s website: www.xphomestation.com
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper.