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Ellis Carries Pony Express Mail From Fort Kearny PDF Print E-mail
Written by themindencourier   
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:15

Visitors gathered at Fort Kearny in the early hours of June 12 for a biscuit and gravy breakfast and to witness the mail exchange during the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) annual Pony Express Re-ride. Tanner Ellis, 14, of Minden held the honor of transporting a mochila of mail from Fort Kearny to the next stop in the relay.
The annual Pony Express Re-ride is held every June. Members of the NPEA commemorate the Pony Express with a 1,966 mile ride through eight states. Letters are carried by horseback over the original trail. Over 750 riders participate in the ten day, 24 hours a day, relay to get the mochila of letters between Sacramento, California and St. Joseph, Missouri. In even numbered years, mail is carried east for the re-ride and in odd numbered years it is carried west.
Tanner got involved with the Re-ride three years ago. A member of his church approached the Ellis family to ask if they would like to participate in the annual event.

see June 19 Courier for full story

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 14:12