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Re-Riding the Pony Express through South Lake Tahoe

It was a short-lived mail service, but it became a symbol of the Old West. Its story has been retold in books, movies and re-enactments. And 153 years after the anniversary of the start of the famed Pony Express, horsemen still want to deliver mail by horseback on the same trail.

Men and women on horseback with the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) will carry personal mail and commemorative letters from St Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California this June. The 1,966 mile route will go from Missouri, across Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada to Central California. Riders are expected in South Lake Tahoe on June 26.

This was the route of the historic mail service of the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company. It carried letters and telegrams from April 1860 to November 1861 on the Central Route through Salt Lake and Placerville, to San Francisco.

In 1992, by an Act of Congress, it was added to the National Trail System as a Historic Trail administered by the National Park Service.

More information can be found online at the Pony Express Homepage, on the National Parks Service website, or by writing National Pony Express Association, PO Box 236, Pollock Pines, CA 95726.

Plan to see the Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail as riders pass through South Lake Tahoe in front of Harrah’s at Friday’s Station on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:30am. Please note: Anyone wishing to see the Pony Express riders should be aware that they may be anywhere from two hours ahead to two hours behind schedule.

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette is a South Lake Tahoe resident and the Tahoe South marketing manager. She loves life outdoors and can usually be found exploring the lake, trails, and happy-hour hangouts with her dog Jersey.

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