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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

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Pony Express re-rides through Valley

Like the original Pony Express, participants in this year’s Pony Express Re-ride will be crossing the vast expanses of Nevada’s deserts before Expected to arrive in Genoa sometime during the afternoon of Wednesday, the re-ride is a relay involving an estimated 600 riders. Read More …

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Pony Express Stations, Part 10: Williams Station

Williams Station is the next Nevada Pony Express station to be encountered when traveling east from Hooten Wells and Desert Station. Originally located along the Carson River, the ruins of the station have been inundated by the waters of Lahontan Reservoir since Lahontan Dam was created in 1911. There are reports that during the drought … Continued

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And they’re off! Pony Express annual re-ride leaves Missouri, in South Lake Tahoe June 19

Imagine you live in the year 1860 with vast wilderness and wide-open plains 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 lay ahead.  more…

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Pony Express Stations, Part 9: Hooten Wells/Desert Station

The next original Pony Express station east of Buckland’s Station was Hooten Wells and nearby Desert Station. When the Pony Express riders left Buckland’s, they rode south over the wooden toll bridge Buckland had constructed across the Carson River for about two miles before turning east toward the next station. About 12 miles east was … Continued

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PONY EXPRESS STATIONS, PART 8: THE NORTHERN ROUTE (STILLWATER DOGLEG)

Beyond Fort Churchill and Buckland’s Station through the area now known as Churchill County, the history of the Pony Express Stations becomes a confusing mess. Captain James H. Simpson blazed a trail across central Nevada that roughly follows U.S. Highway 50 across Nevada and Utah in 1859 and 1860. This became known as the Simpson … Continued

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Pony Express Stations, Part 7: Fort Churchill

The previous Pony Express station I told about in this series was Buckland’s Station. It served as a Pony Express station for just a short time between April 3, 1860, until the Pyramid Lake Indian War started about May 12, 1860. For the next two months, service on the Pony Express was disrupted by periodic … Continued

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PONY EXPRESS STATIONS, PART 6: BUCKLAND’S STATION

The next Pony Express station we come to when traveling east along the Fort Churchill Road from Miller’s Station is really the site of two stations serving the same general area. The first one, established in 1860, was Buckland’s Station. At that time, Fort Churchill did not exist. It was not until the summer of … Continued

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Pony Express Stations, Part 5: Miller’s or Reed’s Station

The next documented Pony Express station to be encountered when traveling east from Dayton was known as Miller’s Station. It was a wooden structure located about 8 miles east of Dayton along the Old River Road and the Fort Churchill Road. It had been one of about 20 or more rest and supply stations that … Continued

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A Cyclist Goes It Alone on Nevada’s Highway 50

I stood with my bike on Hickison Summit, gazing at the windswept, sepia-tinted desert below. Dusty sagebrush lined the road stretching before me; snowcapped peaks rimmed the horizon. I had a reservation in a historic hotel in Eureka, Nevada, that evening and five hours of daylight to cover 46 miles. I pushed off and began … Continued