2013 Re-Ride - Missouri to California

June 27: 10:30am PDT - Mail arrived in Sacramento on time

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Please send your reports and photos to Tom Crews so that we may all share our experience.

All reports must to be submitted NLT July 6.

The National Pony Express Association will conduct its Annual Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, June 17 - 27, 2013. This Re-Ride will be a 10-day, 24-hour a day, non-stop event by over 600 riders and horses over the 1,966 mile route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail from Missouri through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada to California. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation. The event commemorated the 1860-1861 Central Overland and California Pikes Peak Express Company which carried letters and telegrams for 19 months to prove the Central Route through Salt Lake passable year round. The owners hoped to win a federal mail contract on that route. Pony Express history is preserved in the federally designated Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service, in museums, Pony Rider monuments, books, and the annual recreations by the NPEA.

Riders will carry Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, Pony Express style. The 2013 cachet will be a vignette of Pony Express history in Utah and will be available for purchase by NPEA members, historians, and philatelists. The envelopes will show they were carried by the Pony Express and the first class postage will have a special US Postal service cancellation. Only the number of letters purchased will be carried.

Every year Ham Radio plays a very important part of the Re-Ride by providing communications over parts of the trail where communication by other means is not available. This gives those personnel responsible for that part of the Re-Ride information as to where the rider is and if the mail is on time. Communications between Riders and Ride Captains will be provided by amateur radio operators in the states of California, Nevada, Utah, eastern Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. Hams from RAMS in Orangevale and El Dorado County Amateur Radio take care of California, SIERA takes care of Nevada. Davis County Amateur Radio Club takes care of Utah, Casper ARC is covering that area of Wyoming for the Pony Express, and Dennis Mason and his group of hams are taking care of Kansas.

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  • 2013 Commemorative Letter/Personal Letter Applications

    It's not too late! There are a limited number of unsold commemorative letters being carried on the re-ride. These will be sold on a first come-first serve basis.

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