June 8 to 18, 2011
St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California
Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18.
Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.
Wages $25 a week
Out went the call in 1860. And the applicants streamed in. The position? Riders for the first overland mail courier service connecting the eastern States with California, the Pony Express.
Two Days Through El Dorado County
Sponsored by the National Pony Express Association
The annual Pony Express Re-Ride is a 10-day non-stop event with over 500 riders and horses. The 1,966 mile route is over the Pony Express National Historic Trail starting in St. Joseph, Missouri, going through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and ending in Sacramento, California (reverse order every other year). It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod.
• National Pony Express Association
• Gold Rush Chronicles (Pony Express summary)
Pony Express monument at South Lake Tahoe