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Release Date: 05/20/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

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

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.

This year, interpretive centers, historic sites and museums throughout the United States are recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. On June 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Pony Express with the following activities:

  • Pony Express 150th Anniversary Celebration
    The NHTIC is celebrating the anniversary with a variety of family-friendly activities that include: Pony Express reenactors, pioneer and frontier military living historians, traditional music, pioneer children’s games, history lectures, and a Dutch oven cooking demonstration. The activities will take place between 3 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Pony Express Reride
    Every year, the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) keeps the history of the Pony Express alive by riding the original trail route. The NHTIC serves as a rider and mail relay station. This year, the relay is scheduled to take place on June 16, at 7:15 p.m. The public is invited to cheer on the Pony Express reenactors.

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.

Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the celebration, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

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. Entrance fees collected at the Trails Center help pay for public programs.

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.

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Last updated: 05-20-2010