Pony Express to cross Luther Pass, Picketts Junction on Wednesday
The National Pony Express Association will once again conduct a re-ride of the Pony Express Trail from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Mo., June 6-16.
The riders will arrive in Sierra and near Lake Tahoe early Wednesday morning, arriving at Strawberry at 5:35 a.m.; Camp Sacramento at 6:20 a.m; Pow Wow at 6:45 a.m; Old U.S. 50 and U.S. 50 at 7:20 a.m.; Shakori at 7:45 a.m.; the Forest Service Luther Corral at 8:10 a.m.; Luther Pass at 8:35 a.m., 9 a.m. at Picketts Junction and 9:50 a.m. arriving at Woodfords. From there it will cross into Nevada, continuing through Genoa, Carson City, traveling across the state eastwards toward Utah.
A day of education on this event and Snowshoe Thompson will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Genoa. Exchange of riders and horses and transfer of the mochila carrying the letters are scheduled at about 9:30 a.m., but onlookers should plan to be early and flexible as the exact time cannot be determined. Association state president Larry McPherson will speak at the transfer site.
A Snowshoe Thompson re-enactment will take place with “Snowshoe” telling stories from his famous life. During the day, tours of the Genoa Court House Museum will include information about both topics. Admission to the museum is free with donations accepted.
This re-ride will be a 10-day, 24-hour a day, non-stop event by more than 500 riders and horses. The 1,966 mile route will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail from California to Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, through Kansas and ending in Missouri.
The event commemorates the Pony Express of 1860-1861.
For more information call the museum at (775) 782-4325.