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NPEA delivering letters to veterans at Reno Rodeo’s 100th

The National Pony Express Association (NPEA) has been invited to participate in the 100th anniversary of the Reno Rodeo this year as part of the Pony Express Re-Ride, which is scheduled to leave St. Joseph, MO on June 10 and arrive in Sacramento, CA on June 20. Read More …

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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

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Woman bikes Pony Express Trail from start to finish For those in St. Joseph, the Pony Express is something that can sometimes seem contained within the city limits, with museums, statues and events dedicated to the mail service synonymous with the Old West. But for Jan Bennett, the Pony Express reaches far beyond St. Joseph, … Continued

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Family searches rubble after fire destroys historic Phillips Station

Phillips Station sits just before Echo Summit at the Sierra-at-Tahoe entrance. The property is named after Joseph W.D. Phillips, who built a life on the homestead in 1850. Since then, a member of the family has called the property home for several generations. Carol Pearson and her daughter Abbey are the current residents. “My great-great-grandfather … Continued

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California’s Rich Pioneer History Will Be Celebrated May 4 in Coloma

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – Before the famed California Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of gold seekers and others to Northern California, there were hundreds of pioneers who paved the way for them to arrive, already having constructed homes and businesses, started farms and even began building cities. Read More …

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Celebrate the Pony Express at the Benicia Capitol, April 14

BENICIA [CA] — Next year will mark the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Pony Express on April 3 of 1860. To commemorate this important occasion, the Benicia State Parks Association is sponsoring an historic lecture and presentation at the Benicia State Capitol on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (please … Continued

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Pony Express stations, Part 3: Carson City

By 1851, a trading post and a small ranch were established on the Carson Branch of the California Emigrant Trail in what is now Carson City. Frank Hall, W.J. Hall and George Jollenshee operated the station near what is now Fifth and Thompson streets. They called the place Eagle Station due to a large stuffed … Continued

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Historically Yours: Pony Express cuts mail delivery time in half

In the 1840s, Missouri was at the western edge of civilization and the beginning of the wild west. California was “on the other side of the continent.” There was a whole world between Missouri and California with little to no communication between the two, and yet, people were flocking to that far away place. So … Continued