Pony Express Update: Horse, rider in the basin
LAKE TAHOE – The Pony Express Re-ride is now in the Lake Tahoe Basin off of Kingsbury Grade as of 11:52 this morning and should make its way to the Lake Tahoe transfer at Harrah’s at or around 12:30 this afternoon.
Readers can track the Pony Express by going to http://ponyexpressnationaltracking.com/RiderTracking.html
The Express was delayed in Nevada by about two hours, officials said.
Davey “Doc” Wiser is the Pony Express re-ride rider, and should be taking off from in front of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe at or before 12:30, according to Express officials.
The delay was caused by some problems along the trail, said DJ Baxter, a KRLT 93.9 FM on-air talent and friend of Wiser.
The current Pony Express rider left Carson Valley near Genoa at around 11 a.m.
Fast horses and skilled horsemen of the National Pony Express Association are carrying the mail over the Pony Express Route this month. The first rider left. St. Joseph , Missouri on June 9, and the last rider will deliver the mail to the Pony Express Plaza in Old Sacramento on Friday.
The route between the Missouri and Sacramento rivers are on the Pony Express National Historic Trail, a distance of some 1,966 miles. The trail crosses eight states – Missouri through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.
The 10-day, 24-hour event marks the 149th anniversary year of the founding of the Pony Express. The mail service was started by a Missouri freight firm. Called the Pony Express, the horses and their riders carried letters and telegrams from 1860 to 1861 on the central route, from San Francisco to St. Joseph .
More than 500 riders and horses are being staged for this year’s event.
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