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Trails Center hosts annual Pony Express Re-Ride:
Facility offers free admission part of the day
By Lesley Collins, BLM Casper Field Office
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) served as a rider and mail exchange site during the National Pony Express Association’s annual re-ride through Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.
The public was invited to view the exchange from the NHTIC’s outdoor plaza. Admission to the Trails Center was waived that day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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 departed from Sacramento, Calif. on June 18 and rode east to St. Joseph, Mo. The re-ride is completed in 10 days, the same number of days it took 1860s Pony Express riders to deliver the mail. Riders arrived in Wyoming on June 22 and departed the state on June 25, 2008.
This year the public could keep track of the Pony Express Riders' progress via a real-time RF-ID GPS Satellite Tracking system 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.
|Pony Express Rider Jay Janson waits for the rider arriving from Fort Casper.|
|Pony Express Rider Paula Hess carried the mochilla from Fort Casper to the Trails Center.|
Members of the Pony Express transfer the mochilla to a new horse and rider.