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Pony Express Re-Ride makes its rounds at Fort Caspar

Randy Thoroughman readies Wildfire for another leg of the Pony Express Re-ride at Fort Caspar (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — With more than 150 years’ worth of history behind it, the Annual Pony Express Re-Ride is taking place in Casper on Friday, June 10.

The Pony Express was a mail-carrying system that was used from April 1860 to October 1861. The re-ride will follow the same path as the original mail carriers. It will leave St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 6 at 3 p.m. CDT and ride west for Sacramento, California, arriving 10 days later at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 16.

The ride will go through eight states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.

The National Pony Express Association is hosting the Annual National Re-Ride and it is estimated that they will arrive in Casper for the exchange at around 1:45 p.m. June 10. The times are subject to change as the horses might be slower or faster. Follow their page for real-time updates and their real-time tracker here.

Everyone is invited to see the exchange and talk with the riders, who are retracing the steps of the Pony Express Trail, riding day and night no matter the weather.

The re-ride is a way to honor a unique time in history, where mail traveled only as fast as the horses could ride. The express was quickly replaced by telegraph and the increasingly popular railroads.

The riders will spend 56 hours alone riding through Wyoming. For a full schedule, visit https://nationalponyexpress.org/re-ride/current-reride/. Here is the in-state schedule:

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Ride Captain Stephanie Goulart – 10 hours

Lyman, Nebraska 6 p.m.
Torrington 7 p.m.
Ft. Laramie 9 p.m.
Tank Farm Road 10 p.m.
River Road (Guernsey) 10:30 p.m.
Wendover 11:30 p.m.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Cassa Road 1:30 a.m.

Ride Captain Gynette King – 4.5 hours

Glendo 4: a.m.
Douglas 7: a.m.

Ride Captain Joel Chamberlain – 4 hours

Inez Road 8:30 a.m.
Glenrock 10:30 a.m.

Ride Captain Diedra Homann – 13.5 hours

Sinclair Refinery 12:30 p.m.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center 1:10 p.m.
Fort Casper 1:45 p.m.
Martin’s Cove 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Ride Captain Vannessa Powell – 6 hours

Jeffry City 2 a.m.
Sweetwater Station 4 a.m.

Ride Captain Howard Schultz – 10 hours

Atlantic City 8: a.m.
Farson 2 p.m.
Green River Crossing 4 p.m.
Granger 5:30 p.m.

Ride Captain Kristine Hayduk – 8 hours

Uinta County Line 6 p.m.
Fort Bridger 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Wyoming–Utah line 2 p.m.