A new Pony Express Monument in Casper, Wyoming, was unveiled on
August 15, 2001, during the OCTA convention. The statue is on the grounds of
the Historic Trails Interpretive Center which will open in 2002.
David Fairbanks, son of sculptor Avard T. Fairbanks, presented the statue to Al Pierson, Bureau of Land Management.
A bugler played and then Les Bennington, President of Wyoming Division, Pony Express Association, rode in with mail. Pat Hearty was station keeper. A letter was handed to Hearty and Bennington rode off. All this was in front of the statue.
Sculptor Dr. Avard T. Fairbanks, created the sculpture. He also did statues at Stateline, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The original of this statue was created in plaster for parades during the 1947 Utah Centennial. In the early 1990s, the descendants of Avard Fairbanks had the sculpture cast in bronze.
Information and photographs provided by Jackie Lewin, August 2001.