The 10-day route across California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri cut in half the normal mail delivery time via overland stage. It ended when telegraph lines were strung from Missouri to California. Riders averages 200 miler per day over mountains and across deserts.
Every year the Pony Express Association commemorates the historic mail service with a re-ride along the full route. It plans a bigger-than-usual re-ride for the 150th anniversary, with special anniversary events in each of the eight states along the way. The town of Sidney, Nebraska, will be home to the Pony Express National Monument, a life-sized horse and rider sculpture that will be unveiled on the anniversary. There will also be special events in Washington DC. Apr/09
National Pony Express (partial) schedule of events:
National Pony Express Association 150th anniversary details: