Celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial as the National Pony Express Association reenacts a 10-day ride from 1860-1861. At Mormon Station a real Pony Express rider from California will bring mail into the stockade, change the mailbag (mochila), and cheer as the next “pony” rides off toward St. Joseph. The Pony Express rider is expected to arrive around 11:30 a.m. Riders follow the original route from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. Members of the Pony Express Association ride 24 hours a day for 10 days to deliver the mail in this annual re-enactment.
While waiting for the rider, learn about the history of the Pony Express, see the Flag ceremony (representing each participating state), and hear from experts involved in the organization today. Purchase a barbeque lunch at the Genoa Country Store with hot dogs and bratwurst, and then bring lunch back to the park for a picnic. Be sure to tour the log cabin museum and the Genoa Courthouse Museum.
WHAT: Mormon Station Pony Express Annual Re-Ride
WHEN: Thursday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Mormon Station State Historic Park and the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department. Main Street, Genoa, on the corner of Foothill Road and Genoa Lane, 20 minutes south of Carson City via Hwy 395, and about one hour south of Reno. And, approximately 20 minutes from South Lake Tahoe via Hwy 207.
WHO: This event is open to the public. Please no pets.
COST: This is a free event.
CONTACT: For more information, call 775-782-2590 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE: Be sure to visit the log cabin museum and see the piano that was once in the pony express hotel in Genoa. See job advertisements for Pony Express riders and take the “oath” riders were required to take back in 1860-1861.
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