Riders set out across Jefferson County on Tuesday, riding from the southeast corner of the county to the Thayer County Line, as part of a ride to keep the memory of the Pony Express alive and well.
Dean Atkin, National President of the Pony Express Association, stopped at Rock Creek Station to see the hand off between two riders. He believes it is important to honor the history of the Pony Express because of the role it played in helping to build the nation.
“The Pony Express is one of the parts of American history that hasn’t been tainted by anything bad,” said Atkin. “We feel it’s important to preserve our heritage and to keep the history alive. People have always been fascinated by it, and that’s why we continue to ride the 1,966 miles every year.”
Atkin explained that they partner with the National Park Service to help keep the route that riders used to deliver mail visible. On Tuesday, the riders traveled a total of 40 miles through the county. The re-ride takes approximately 10 days to complete, and will be finished in Sacramento.
“It’s important that people enjoy the history,” Atkin said. “It’s a romanticized history with the horse and the rider traveling across the country. With this, we keep the Pony Express alive, and ride hard and fast.”