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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 08/07/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

Pony Express Re-enactment at NHTIC on August 15

Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) for a Pony Express re-enactment and presentation on Aug. 15, 2009. The one-hour program, free and open to the public, will be held outdoors in the parking lot near the Pony Express sculpture at 7 p.m.

During the program, two Pony Express re-enactors will discuss the significance of the Pony Express Trail to both United States and Wyoming history. The event will conclude with a rider galloping into the sunset.

Re-enactors include Les Bennington and Rick Bretton. Bennington, of Glenrock, is the national president of the National Pony Express Association. Rick Bretton is a ride captain with the Wyoming Division of the National Pony Express Association.

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

Approximately 190 stations were placed between 10 and 12 miles apart along the Pony Express Trail. The Pony Express operated a re-lay station at the site of the Guinard Bridge and Trading Post, which later was established as Platte Bridge Station, and then Fort Caspar.

For more information about summer evening programs, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

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, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 08-07-2009