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Pony Express ‘re-ride’ concludes

A USPS reenactor rides her horse
Suzanne La France, a Pony Express re-enactor, carries mail through Sacramento, CA, at the beginning of a re-enactment of the famed delivery service.

The Pony Express rode again last week in Missouri, where several riders marked the famed delivery service’s 158th anniversary by completing a 2,000-mile re-enactment.

The original Pony Express moved mail by horseback between California and Missouri from 1860-1861, becoming a storied part of the Old West.

The 10-day “re-ride” began in Sacramento, CA, where Postmaster Michelle Johnson swore in the first group of riders. They carried commemorative letters and cards in old-fashioned leather satchels, handing off the mail in relays until it reached St. Joseph, MO.

Roughly 700 riders participated altogether, with each relay lasting about 1-5 miles.

Johnson said observers “cannot avoid being touched by [the riders’] passion to keep our history alive. They have an indescribable energy. I walked away after swearing in the first rider feeling passionate about their dedication and hard work.”

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