2015 Re-Ride - Missouri to California

June 25: OLD SACRAMENTO RIDER IN 1400




Churchill County Communications in Fallon, Nevada, had a Hotline (1-855-809-8589) where you couldn check on the progress of the ride.

A live audio feed for the VHF repeater that will follow the rider in California could be heard here.
You could follow the Riders on facebook and Twitter at, @PonyExpress4 as the riders and mail made their way from St. Joseph to Sacramento.

The National Pony Express Association conducting its Annual Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, June 15 - 25, 2015. This Re-Ride is 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 commemorats 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 are carrying Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, Pony Express style. The 2015 cachet is a special historical vignette commemorating Missouri and is available for purchase by NPEA members, historians, and philatelists. The envelopes show they were carried by the Pony Express and the first class postage has a special US Postal service cancellation. Only the number of letters purchased are being 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.

A GPS unit is being carried in the mochila along with the letter and personal mail. An online Pony Express Tracking Map is available to follow the progress of the mail on the trail.

National Trails Intermountain Region, National Parks Service, has created a Facebook page and Instagram profile for the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Click here for more information.

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