2016 Re-Ride - California to Missouri

June 25: The mail has arrived in St. Joseph on time!

We need Reports from the Trail!
Please send your reports and photos to Tom Crews so that we may all share our experience.

All reports must to be submitted NLT June 30.

The National Pony Express Association held its Annual Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from Sacramento, California, to St. Joseph, Missouri, June 15 - 25, 2016. This Re-Ride was 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 California through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas to Missouri. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation. The event commemorates the 1860-1861 Central Overland California and 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 carried Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, Pony Express style. This year Pony Express history in Nevada is being highlighted. The envelopes show they were carried by the Pony Express and the first class postage has a special US Postal service cancellation and is available for purchase by NPEA members, historians, and philatelists. 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.

The National Pony Express Telephone Hotline (1-855-809-8589) was active 24 hours per day. Recorded messages from Mobile Radio teams will announce time and location of the mail and is sponsored by Churchill Communications, Fallon, Nevada.

A GPS unit will be carried in the mochila along with the letter and personal mail. The unit transmitted the location of the mail all the way to St. Joseph, pinging every 20 minutes. The device is the size of a small cell phone. You could follow the progress of the mail on the trail on this Pony Express Tracking Map.

National President Lyle Ladner posted photos from the Re-Ride on his Facebook Page. Additional reports can be found on the National Pony Express Association and the Nevada Division Facebook Pages.

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