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Hawley Grade gets monument

In 1859 and 1860 a short-lived but famous mail service sent riders into Lake Valley on their way east, riding down the Hawley Grade from the present Echo Summit. On Sept. 8 the Pony Express will be remembered when a monument is dedicated at the foot of the Hawley Grade.

The public is invited to participate in the dedication that will feature Joe Nardone, who has spent 15 years researching the “Pony Trail” and has been a popular speaker in the area. The dedication program will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at the nearby historic Celio Ranch.

To reach the dedication site drive about 4.5 miles south from U.S. Highway 50 on South Upper Truckee Road. The road to the trail head angles to the right of South Upper Truckee and the monument site is approximately 100 yards up the road.

To reach the reception hosted by the Lake Tahoe Historical Society return toward Highway 50 for about three miles to the Celio Ranch, which is well marked.

There is no charge for either the dedication or the reception. Large maps of the entire Pony Express Trail will be available for purchase.

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