Pony Express historian to speak at society meeting
March 30, 2006
The Lake Tahoe Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Richardson. Guest speaker will be Larry Carpenter, National Pony Express Association historian and public relations chair, who will relate the story of Pony Express annual re-rides.
Carpenter has been a member of the California State Division and the National Pony Express Association since 1983, and corresponding secretary since 1990. He has been a consultant to book and magazine writers and freelance writers. He issues news releases and acts as the public and media contact for the NPEA.
The 146th Pony Express re-ride will leave Sacramento on June 6 and arrive in St. Joseph, Mo., June 16. More than 500 riders and horses will be stationed at intervals on the trail in eastern California, across Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas to Missouri. By relay, they will transport a mochila, a leather blanket-type device designed to fit securely over a McClellan saddle, which could be easily removed and placed on a fresh horse at the remount stations. Letters and telegrams were wrapped in a protective covering and carried in one of four cantinas or pockets, sewn in each corner. The NPEA uses a mochila designed to carry a greater number of letters and to fit over a western saddle.
Historical Society members will provide refreshments. For more information call (530) 577-7415.