June 12, 2007
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Trails Center hosts annual Pony Express Re-Ride:
Facility offers free admission part of the day
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, WY. on Friday, June 15, 2007. The exchange is estimated to occur around 10 a.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 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Due to the constant changing of riders along the trail and other factors, a set time for arrival at the NHTIC is not possible to insure. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at the Trails Center early, take advantage of the free admission time and tour the facility while anticipating the mail exchange.
Every summer members of the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) conduct a re-ride of the national Pony Express Trail, commemorating the historic enterprise that delivered the U.S. mail from 1860 to 1861. This summer riders will depart St. Joseph, Missouri on June 11 and ride west to Sacramento, California. The re-ride is completed in 10 days, the same number of days it took 1860s Pony Express riders to deliver the mail. Riders plan to arrive in Wyoming on Thursday afternoon, June 14, and depart the state on Saturday night, June 16, according to the Pony Express Re-ride website (www.xphomestation.com).
For more information on the mail exchange at the NHTIC, call 307-261-7780.
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.