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Pony express riders transfer the mochilla during the annual re-ride.

Pony express riders transfer the mochilla during the annual re-ride.

Volunteer Jean Smart demonstrated dutch oven cooking.

Volunteer Jean Smart demonstrated dutch oven cooking.

A replica Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach.

A replica Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach.

Pioneer re-enactors and a restored military escort wagon.
Pioneer re-enactors and a restored military escort wagon.

The Trails Center Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express

By Alex Rose, Visitor Information Assistant, NHTIC & Lesley Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, High Plains District Office 

The Pony Express is a powerful story about brave, young men that kept the mail moving, day and night, regardless of the weather, as they galloped across the wilderness of Wyoming and the West.

On June 16, over 460 people helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Pony Express. There were a variety family friendly activities including: Pony Express reenactors, pioneer and frontier military living historians, traditional music, pioneer children’s games, history lectures, and a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.

The NHTIC also served as a rider and mail relay station for the Pony Express Re-ride. Every year, the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) keeps the history of the Pony Express alive by riding the original trail route.

The Pony Express, the fast-moving mail service, operated between April 1860 and November 1861. The Pony Express Trail crossed the North American continent from Saint Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif.

Approximately 190 stations were located between 10 and 12 miles apart along the Pony Express Trail. In the Casper area, the Pony Express operated a relay station at the site of the Guinard Bridge and Trading Post, which later was established as Platte Bridge Station, and then Fort Caspar.

“The story of the Pony Express was about a lone rider facing the elements, racing time and racing the transcontinental telegraph, too. It was the story of an audacious adventure and the bravura involved in crossing the country, night and day, in all kinds of weather, a man (or boy) on a galloping horse,” said author Christopher Corbett, in “Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express.” “Americans love a race and they love a winner, and they loved that man on the horse.”

The Pony Express National Historic Trail was established in 1992. The BLM in Wyoming manages large sections of the trail.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on summer hours and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


 
Last updated: 08-17-2010