Remembering the first Pony Express re-ride
July 13, 2012
After my June 29 column ran about the Pony Express, I got a visit from veteran rider Bob Moore who was looking for a copy of the photo with all the riders from the July 3, 1978, re-ride.
Appearing in the July 6, 1978, edition of The Record-Courier, the photo lists two dozen Valley notables from the era.
While described as the 10th re-ride by The R-C, up until 1978 there wasn’t an annual ride.
Bob describes that ride as being a hard one, including three separate legs, one near Butte Station northeast of Ely, the second in the mountains near Austin and the third out near Fort Churchill.
“I rode 55 miles,” he said. “Not going in one stretch, but in relays. There were only 70 of us riding from Salt Lake City to Pollock Pines.”
Bob will turn 89 in October, which made him a lad of 53 when he first made the ride.
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Assemblyman Lawrence Jacobsen swore the group in at Mormon Station.
Ed Attencio was in charge of recruiting for the ride back in 1978.
Because of a truck and horse-trailer breakdown deep in the desert some of the Nevada riders had to go more than 20 miles each instead of the five-mile stints they were scheduled for.
The last rider reached Stateline more than four hours late at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to The R-C at the time.
“The mail got through,” said Atencio.
Photographer Scott A. Nelson is asking that parents of Douglas High School students who will be seniors in the fall contact him for their senior portraits.
Portraits for the 2013 yearbook are being taken now at the media center of the school.
Appointments are available by calling (775) 358-8485 to set an appointment. Mr. Nelson has appointments available through Aug. 4.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at 782-5121, ext. 215 or email@example.com