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Pony Express group dedicates monument

The Pony Express Trail Association will dedicate its 36th Pony Express granite monument at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Lira’s Supermarket in Meyers, Calif., where Yank’s Pony Express station was located. The monument will be presented by the association as a gift to the Lake Tahoe Historical Society.

The McDonlad/Kingsbury Toll Road was opened to horse traffic Nov. 18, 1860, the old Meyer’s Grade. The Hawley Grade was then abandoned along with the use of the Lake Valley Pony Express Station by the 1860-1861 Pony Express. A new station known as “Yank’s” was used by the Pony Express from Nov. 18 1860, until the end of the Pony Express on Nov. 20, 1861.

The Yank’s dedication will be about 15 to 20 minutes with a welcoming, historical perspective, Celio family connection and dedication address. Joe Nardone, Pony Express master historian, will be dressed in his 1860 buckskins and will talk about the Pony Express and its historic impact on the Western United States in 1860-1861. The monument will then be unveiled.

The staff of the Pony Express Trail Association is available to answer questions at (916) 452-1791.

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