Events to celebrate the historic Pony Express horseback mail route will begin at 4 p.m. June 14 at Fort Churchill State Historic Park, eight miles south of Silver Springs on Alternate US 95 and one mile on Fort Churchill Road. The Civil War Volunteers and Nevada Calvary groups will be set up on the lawn of the Fort Churchill museum. The actual mail exchange will take place at 6 p.m. just outside the park on Fort Churchill Road, but will be visible from the park.
The Pony Express was a horseback mail service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif., in existence from 1860 to 1861.
The mail route is celebrated annually with a re-ride sponsored by the National Pony Express Association. This year’s re-ride was scheduled to begin June 13 in Sacramento and to conclude in St. Joseph on June 23.
The Pony Express program at Fort Churchill is free, but there is a park entrance fee of $7, $5 Nevada residents. Cash and checks are accepted; no credit cards. Details: Fort Churchill Park Ranger Kim Clawson, 775-577-4880.