Saturday, February 10, 2018

Arrival of the Pony Express


I went to Scottsdale yesterday see the arrival of the pony express riders on their annual 200 mile run from Holbrook Arizona to Scottsdale.


This was the 60th anniversary for the group who have been staging the express ride and delivering real mail once a year for the past 60 years.  (I loved this horse with the white face.)


They stop in several towns along the way and drop off and pick up sacks of mail that has been hand postmarked for this special run.  The riders are part of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse.

The actual pony express only operated for 19 months moving mail from the east coast to the west coast until the telegraph was established.



15 comments:

Andy said...

Interesting event. Glad to see the tradition is still carried on.

biebkriebels said...

What a nice event with such a great history.

Steve Reed said...

The Pony Express only ran for 19 months?! I did not know that!

Judy Ryer said...

Kind of warm this year for the ride. I saw video from the chopper guy on the news of the horses running along the roadway.

Lowell said...

Looks like great fun, at least for the riders, if not for the horses. A good example of how technology changes things! This raised a question: Is Hal Holbrook still living?

Catarina said...

I would not mind photographing them as well!!
: )

Christine said...

This is a great tradition so I’m really glad you went all to take these pictures to share!
Their shirts are amazingly still white after the ride!

William Kendall said...

Yes, the white faced horse really stands out.

Jack said...

Yup. You are out West. Indeed.

The Padre said...

Way Cool

Cheers

RedPat said...

I thought that the pony express ran for years! It obviously had a huge impact to be so well remembered, Sharon!

bill burke said...

A very cool event with a rich history. Thanks for sharing these, Sharon.

Bob Crowe said...

Was there one in AZ? I just know about the one from St. Joseph, MO, into Kansas.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a super event Sharon, those horses are just too gorgeous, it seems quite unusual to see a horse with a white face like this?

Thérèse said...

Thanks for this page of history especially with these terrific pictures. I received my own stamped letter to remember.