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Historic hoof steps: Posse members ride in tradition of Pony Express

In her long-sleeved red shirt, brown hat and vest, Julie Sprague followed in the footsteps — or more appropriately hoof steps — of her great-great-grandfather, Elijah Nicholas Wilson, participating in the 2019 Pony Express Re-ride. Sprague and her friend Krissy Bishop, members of the Boulder City Mounted Posse, rode a 7-mile leg June 19 between … Continued

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Pony Express Stations, Part 14: Smith Creek Station

This will be the last in my series of articles about the Pony Express stations in western Nevada. When Pony Bob Haslam made the longest ride in Pony Express history, he rode the route from Friday’s Station at Lake Tahoe to Smith Creek Station almost halfway across the state of Nevada. My articles have described … Continued

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Pony Express Stations, Part 13: Middlegate and Cold Springs

The site location for Middlegate Station is unknown. There are several possible locations along U.S. Highway 50 near the modern Middlegate bar and restaurant that could have been the site of the original Pony Express station. I could find no trace of any Pony Express Station at Middlegate when I visited there several times when … Continued

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Pony Express Stations, Part 12: Sand Springs Station

For thousands of years, much of western Nevada was submerged under the waters of ancient Lake Lahontan. About 4,000 years ago, climate change caused the waters to recede and the area around what’s now Fallon, became a dry desert playa. Prevailing winds from the west blew millions of tons of sand from this playa into … Continued

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History lives on with Pony Express reenactment in Carson City

RENO, Nev. (Nevada Sports Net) — Once upon a time, it took 10 days just to send a simple message from the Atlantic to the Pacific via Pony Express. That message spanned across over 2,000 miles. Watch Video 

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Pony Express rides through Genoa on way up Kingsbury

Pony Express rides through Genoa on way up Kingsbury There were more people watching in Genoa on Wednesday than there were seconds the Pony Express re-riders spent transferring the mochila there. Read more…..

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The Pony Express rides again into Nevada

The Pony Express rides again into Nevada RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — It once took 10 days to send just a simple message from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Pony Express. That message was spanned across over 2,000 miles. Now, 150 plus years later, that same message takes just a … Continued

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Pony Express makes its way through Carson City, Jacks Valley and into Genoa

Pony Express makes its way through Carson City, Jacks Valley and into Genoa The Pony Express made its way into Carson City on Wednesday afternoon, heading into town with a breeze and about 40 minutes behind schedule. The mochila exchange was made at Second and Curry streets. It had arrived in the capital city after … Continued

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Living History: Pony Express due Wednesday in Lyon County, Carson City, Genoa and Tahoe

Living History: Pony Express due Wednesday in Lyon County, Carson City, Genoa and Tahoe The famed horseback ride across the West that briefly delivered pre-Civil war mail and covered terrain that spanned nearly 2,000 miles will arrive in Western Nevada and Lake Tahoe with stops Wednesday in Silver Springs, Carson City, Genoa and Stateline. Read … Continued

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Pony Express riders arrive at Fort Churchill, Carson City, Genoa and Tahoe this Wednesday

Imagine you live in the year 1860 with vast wilderness, wide-open plains and high desert between Missouri and California. You’re one of the chosen riders on top of a horse with a mochila strapped on your saddle, navigating along the trail where unknown dangers may be ahead. You’re not on a leisure trip, you’re one … Continued