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THE PONY EXPRESS RIDES AGAIN; HISTORIC REENACTMENT SLATED FOR SEPT. 25 TRANSCONTINENTAL MAIL DELIVERY

 THE PONY EXPRESS RIDES AGAIN; HISTORIC REENACTMENT
 SLATED FOR SEPT. 25 TRANSCONTINENTAL MAIL DELIVERY
 WASATCH FRONT, Utah, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the dedication of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) 50th Back Country Byway scenic trail, a latter day Pony Express rider will rekindle memories of the nation's first express mail delivery system by carrying a message from the nation's capitol to Salt Lake City.
 The delivery will take a matter of hours, far less than the 10 days required to deliver a single pouch of mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. ... crisscrossing the Utah badlands.
 The Bureau of Land Management's Back Country Byway scenic trail program incorporates many historic land routes. The 50th byway to be opened to public use is the historic Pony Express Route, which stretches across the old Utah Territory, slicing through the heart of modern Salt Lake City.
 The Pony Express "rider" will dress in an authentic period costume, including an original wax-sealed letter pouch, as he receives a proclamation from the White House and letters of commemoration from the Department of the Interior and Postmaster General. In the company of BLM officials, the Pony Express rider will depart Washington by air, arriving at midday in Salt Lake City. From there it's by horse to the historic Pioneer Center and site of the Immigrant Gap station in downtown Salt Lake.
 Before a crowd of dignitaries and local history buffs, the rider will deliver both proclamation and greetings from the nation's capitol as the kick-off to dedication ceremonies by state officials and BLM director, Cy Jamison.
 One hundred thirty-two years after its founding, the Pony Express will deliver its first one-day transcontinental message, a message celebrating a milestone in the development of the BLM's Byways scenic trail system.
 Pony Express Factoid No. 1: The average speed for Pony Express riders was 7 mph ... "Buffalo Bill" Cody shattered that mark when he covered 322 miles in 21 hours and 40 minutes ... using 21 horses in all (approximately 15 mph).
 Pony Express Factoid No. 2: The fastest full route delivery, from Missouri to California, was 7 1/2 days ... Lincoln's inaugural message needed to be heard in the West to help stem secessionist sentiments.
 For additional information and rider schedule in Washington Sept. 24 and 25, contact Freeman/McCue, 714-557-3663.
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 /CONTACT: Freeman/McCue, 714-557-3663/ CO: Bureau of Land Management ST: Utah, District of Columbia IN: SU:


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