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Pony Express riders arrive a little late

by Kurt Hildebrand
Nevada Appeal News Service

Douglas County’s Pony Express re-riders picked up 45 minutes during the

annual crossing from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday morning.

Rider Carl Malkmus brought the mochila containing letters bound for

Sacramento into the county. He said the ride between Fuji Park in Carson

City to Jacks Valley Fire Station in Alpine View went well.

More than three dozen well-wishers gathered around, and took photos of Mike

Murphy and his horse Billy Bob as he waited at the Genoa Courthouse on

Thursday morning for rider Marv Davis to complete his leg of the trip.

“It’s kind of a cultural experience,” said Murphy, who is on his sixth ride.

“It gives people an idea of how things were in the old days.”

Murphy said the riders weren’t expecting such a turnout, since the transfer

in Genoa was supposed to be at about 8 a.m. Davis arrived at 9:25 a.m.

Don Horning of Ann Arbor, Mich., said he plans to send a letter via the Pony

Express next year.

A regular visitor to Lake Tahoe, this was the first year Horning watched the


“We’ve been coming up for years, but this is the first time we’ve seen it,”

he said. “This is history in the making. I always thought it had something

to do with the post office, but it’s completely separate.”

Veteran rider Bob Moore has been on the re-ride since the founding of the

Nevada chapter of the National Pony Express Association in 1978. He was the

charter secretary of the chapter.

His 32nd re-ride over old Kingsbury Grade was pretty familiar, since he’d

been back over it recently.

According to the association’s Web site, the mail arrived in Nevada about

five hours late, after wet weather created muddy conditions for Wyoming


Cloud cover over Nevada reduced visibility Wednesday night, preventing the

riders from making up the time across the desert.

The Pony Express re-ride is scheduled to arrive in Sacramento Friday morning.

The 10-day, 24-hour a day event crosses 1,966 miles following the original

Pony Express route. The original service operated for 18 months from 1860 to

1861. The route is part of the National Trails System, administered by the

National Park Service.

For more information, visit http://www.xphomestation.com or call the association’s

headquarters in Pollock Pine, Calif., (916) 332-8382.