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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

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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