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When the Pony Express came to SF, it was party time

At 12:38 a.m. on April 14, 1860, the steamer Antelope pulled up to the Broadway wharf. It was carrying a small, gaily bedecked bay horse and rider, who earlier that day had galloped into Sacramento — the last relay station on a transcontinental journey that had begun in St. Joseph, Mo., 10½ days, 1,950 miles … Continued

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How the Pony Express linked an isolated SF to the country

The Pony Express, the short-lived mail service whose daring young riders and tireless horses raced back and forth across 2,000 miles of a mostly unexplored continent, fired the imagination of the entire country. But it may have had the greatest emotional resonance in San Francisco. Read More …

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Folsom A to Z: Pony Express

After gold was discovered there in 1848, thousands of prospectors, investors and businessmen made their way to California. In 1860, the population in California had grown to 380,000. The demand for a faster way to get mail and other communications to and from this westernmost state became even greater as the American Civil War approached. In the late 1850s, William Russell, … Continued

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Crowd gathers to see Pony Express ride into Historic Folsom

A crowd gathered outside of the Folsom History Museum Thursday morning, June 15 as The National Pony Express Association celebrated it’s 157th anniversary by conducting a re-run of the famed mail service, and they attracted a good share of wide eyes of all ages as they arrived in the heart of Historic Folsom.   Read More …

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Pony Express rider makes his way through South Lake Tahoe

The Pony Express Re-Ride 2017 is almost in the history books. The mochila (mailbag) was transferred to a rider at the Nevada/California state line at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night. That rider then went down Pioneer Trail to Echo Summit. 750 riders have taken part in the annual event. The first rider took off from St. … Continued

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Crowd gathers to see Pony Express ride into Historic Folsom

A crowd gathered outside of the Folsom History Museum Thursday morning, June 15 as The National Pony Express Association celebrated it’s 157th anniversary by conducting a re-run of the famed mail service, and they attracted a good share of wide eyes of all ages as they arrived in the heart of Historic Folsom. Commemorative letters and personal … Continued

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“Davey Doc” ride as he participates in the Pony Express

Last week an unexpected visitor walked into the Folsom Telegraph office. As I heard the gentleman asking for directions to access the nearby bike trail, his voice was all too familiar so I made my way up from my office to the front lobby to put the face with the voice.   Read More ….

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Pony Express rides back into Folsom

The National Pony Express Association plans to celebrate the 157th anniversary of the Pony Express by conducting a re-run of the famed mail service, and they are coming through Old Town Folsom. Read more …

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2017 Pony Express Re-ride – Arrival Ceremony

The Arrival Ceremony concludes the 2017 re-ride of the Pony Express route from St. Joseph, MO, to Sacramento – a 10-day, 1966-mile horse-and-rider relay. The rider, horse and mail will arrive at 3:45 pm at the Pony Rider Monument. Read More …

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The California Pony Express Christmas Card Ride

It has been more than a decade since the National Pony Express Association, California Division, has provided a special Christmas Card Ride for El Dorado County. The Pony Riders wanted to thank the community for its continued support of our association, so on Dec. 10, rain or shine, you may hear the shout “Go, pony rider!” Read the Mountain Democrat … Continued