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Mormon Station celebrates Pony Express re-ride

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Dwight Borges attaches the mochila to Veronica Jenks' horse 'Bretta' during the 2016 Pony Express Re-ride..

While the Pony Express rider isn't expected in Genoa until mid-afternoon on Flag Day, Mormon Station State Park will celebrate the annual re-ride three days earlier.

A free program featuring a park ranger talking about the history of the Pony Express is 3 p.m. Sunday.

"The Pony Express was a massive operation that began in 1860 to satisfy the demand for a fast mail service," according to Park Ranger Daniel Wassmund. "Though it only lasted 18 months, it is still romanticized throughout the West today."

Visitors can meet inside the wagon shed at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa.

Pony Express riders relay the mail 1,966 miles from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento starting Monday.

The mail is carried in a leather satchel called a mochila, which will include a GPS tracking device, allowing visitors to follow the pony's progress.

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The Pony Express is expected to arrive in Carson City at 12:30 p.m. June 14. Riders travel to Fuji Park and then across to Jacks Valley Road along the old trail.

They should arrive in Genoa around 2:30 p.m., though delays often can extend up to four hours either way.

For reports from the trail, visit the Pony Express' web site at http://nationalponyexpress.org.