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The City of Fallon commemorates 158th Anniversary of The Pony Express Trail

A new statue was added to the cross-section of Williams Ave and Casey Road, showcasing the City’s position in American History.

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to Williams Ave.— a commemorative, silhouette statue of a Pony Express Rider.

On Tuesday, Apr. 3, the City of Fallon celebrated the 158th anniversary of the Pony Express, which extends from Sacramento, Calif., to. St. Joseph’s Mo. Guests enjoyed special remarks by Mayor Tedford, dessert and community fun, as several Pony Express Riders shared stories of their experiences on the iconic route. (See Fallon in the news, here: Lahontan Valley News; KTVN News 2)

From 1860 – 1861, hundreds of riders carried mail via horseback, stored in protective “mochilas” or satchels beneath the saddle. In 1860, a ride that normally took 10 days and 80 riders, was expedited in order to deliver President Lincoln’s election results. The record-breaking run carried Lincoln’s election results in just seven days and 17 hours.

Now, we commemorate the brave horsemen, and are proud to be part of the historic Pony Express. We extend our gratitude to the members of the Pony Express Territory in Nevada who have furthered the tradition.

In mid-June, the trail will emblazon once again. The annual “re-ride” allows citizens to send a letter along the original Pony Express Route, June 20-30, 2018. Riders will pass through Fallon via horseback at midnight, using the same mochilas and provisions as the original pioneers. If you would like to send a commemorative letter across the trail, visit: nationalponyexpress.org/annual-re-ride/send-a-letter.

For more information about the City of Fallon’s history and upcoming events, visit: http://www.fallonnevada.gov.