Pony Express marker dedicated
The Pony Express Trail Association will dedicate one of its granite Pony Express Station markers at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the foot of Hawley Grade. The monument has an engraved short history about the station site and the 1860-1861 Pony Express. The public is invited to participate in the dedication, which will be followed by a reception at the nearby historic Celio Ranch.
Lake Valley House was an original station of the Pony Express. The station was used from April 3, 1860 until Nov. 17, 1860, when the new McDonald/Kingsbury toll road was completed from Johnson Pass (Echo Summit) directly toward Dagget Pass. The station was abandoned by the Pony Express for a new station called Yank’s, where Lira’s Supermarket is now located in Meyers.
Ceremonies will consist of introduction of guests by Russ Anderson; welcoming address by Sara Keil, president of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society; dedication address by Anne Johnson, president of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation; monument acceptance by Don Lane, supervisory recreation forester USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit; and historical presentation by Joe Nardone, Pony Express Trail executive director, who has spent 15 years researching the Pony Express Trail. A Pony Express horse exchange will be shown and the monument will be given as a gift to the United States Department of Agriculture/United States Forest Service by the Trail Association. The is the 141st anniversary year of the first Pony Express ride between St. Joseph, Mo., and San Francisco, Calif.
To reach the dedication site drive 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 Road 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 or purchase.
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