Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Celebrating the Pony Express Sesquicentennial re-ride in Dayton's historic district - Full Article

May 26,2010

It is 1860. In the midst of the madness of miners searching every nook and cranny for riches after the Comstock's silver and gold strikes, the Pony Express, known as "The Pony", made its mark, carrying mail 2,000 miles from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California, in 10 days. The 420-mile route across Nevada was one of the more desolate, dangerous rides.

Although the "Pony's" historical reign lasted just 18 months, April 3, 1860 to October 1861, it remains a romantic icon of the westward movement.

The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express on the streets of Old Town during a reenactment June 9, when riders exchange horses and mail, carried in padlocked leather pouches called mochilas.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. when wild horses, Old West characters and children celebrate Dayton's history.

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