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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 02/16/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

The Pony Express: Truth vs. Myth
Trails Center Announces Program on the Pony Express

On March 6, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present “The Pony Express: Truth vs. Myth." The program will be held at the NHTIC beginning at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

National Pony Express Association President Les Bennington.
Click on the image of NPEA President  Les Bennington to view/download a high-resolution version.
Few events in U.S. western history have generated more myths and half truths than the Pony Express. National Pony Express Association President (NPEA) and rider Les Bennington will share and unravel some of these truths from the myths. Bennington currently resides near Glenrock, Wyo.

The NPEA is also celebrating their sesquicentennial this year. Bennington will share and elaborate on upcoming events associated with the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express.

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

Approximately 190 stations were placed between 10 and 12 miles apart along the Pony Express Trail. 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.

For more information about the program, contact Jason Vlcan 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 winter hours, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on Sunday through Monday.

The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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

Last updated: 02-16-2010