Pony express re-inactment will go through Valley
A celebration of the Re-Ride of the Pony Express will be held in Woodfords, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. June 14, and the first Nevada rider to take the mail from the last California rider will be Marlena Hellwinkel of MInden.
The National Pony Express Association’s re-ride this year will begin June 13 in Sacramento, Calif.. Darryl Peterson, president of the Nevada Pony Express Association, said the mochila will be handed off about noon or so that day in Genoa.
The riders will go through the Valley via Foothill Road, which is near the original Pony Express trail, on their way to Carson City.
Riders will exchange the mail at various stops along the Pony Express National Historic Trail from California to St. Joseph, Mo., arriving there at about 3 p.m. June 23.
Riders will relay commemorative letters in a “mochila.” Cachets honoring the Ruby Valley Remount Station in Nevada may be purchased by NPEA members and the public. The envelopes will show they were carried by the Pony Express riders, and after arrival in St. Joseph, will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Cost is $5, the same as in 1860.
To receive a ride schedule, ride letter application or membership information, contact the National Pony Express Association, P.O. Box 236, Pollock Pines, Calif. 95728. The Web site http://www.xphomestation.co has additional information and will have real time coverage of the re-ride.