Reliving history through the Pony Express

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CHIMNEY ROCK, Neb. Traveling by horseback is no easy task but a group of volunteers are bringing a trip that lasted 18 months back into the lives of people today.

Over 600 volunteers brought the Pony Express back to life by riding their horses and exchanging along saddlebags at sites they have scheduled across the United States.

This year is different as they traveled from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri; a reverse of the trip they took last year.

They took a stop this morning in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, traveled to the Scottsbluff National Monument, made their way to Chimney Rock in Bayard and stopped for the night in Bridgeport.

“We are keeping history alive,” said Coleen Hernandez, Pony Express Rider. “Obviously, you don't see people riding horses to deliver mail anymore so it’s part of our overall national history that we are helping keep alive. It’s a good time for us to meet with other riders that we only see this time of year."

The unique part of this trip is that it is a non-stop 10 day ride as they travel almost 2,000 miles.

“We get so caught up in the modern day things like the cell phones and the emails,” explained Hernandez. “It used to take weeks to months to get mail and this is the way we use to do it on our horses.”

If you go on their website at the https://nationalponyexpress.org/, you can see a map of where they have currently traveled and their end destination of their trip.