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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/11/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    
  307-261-7603    

Trails Center hosts annual Pony Express Re-Ride


The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will serve as a rider and mail relay site during the National Pony Express Association’s annual re-ride through Casper, Wyo., on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Pony Express rider Mike McAdam.
Pony Express rider Mike McAdam.

The public is invited to view the relay from the NHTIC’s outdoor plaza. Entrance fees to the Trails Center will be waived from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is anticipated to occur around 10:30 a.m., however, due to constant changing of riders along the trail and other factors, a set time for arrival of the mail at the NHTIC is not possible to ensure. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, take advantage of the free admission time, and tour the facility while awaiting the westbound rider.

Every summer, members of the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) conduct a re-ride of the Pony Express National Historic Trail, commemorating the historic enterprise that transported United States mail in 1860 and 1861. This summer, riders will depart St. Joseph, Mo, on June 9 and ride west to Sacramento, California. The re-ride is typically completed in 10 days, which isthe same number of days it took the original Pony Express riders to transit the mail. This year, riders plan to arrive in Wyoming on June 12 and depart the state on June 14, according to the National Pony Express Association official website (www.xphomestation.com).

“We are proud to serve as a relay station for the annual pony express re-ride,” noted NHTIC Director Mike Abel. “This year one of the newest members of the National Pony Express Association is BLM employee Michael McAdam. The official swearing-in for new members will be this Saturday.”

This year the public can keep track of the Pony Express Riders' progress via a real-time Global Positioning System satellite tracking device. The speed and location of each rider can be monitored 24 hours per day at http://ponyexpressnationaltracking.com.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

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Last updated: 06-11-2009