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November 27, 2012
Pony Express gears up for annual holiday ride

ponystamp1$.jpgTo make this year's holiday card-sending experience even more memorable, consider having your letters carried by the Pony Express.

Pre-stamped envelopes can be brought to Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, by Dec. 3 for the Annual Pony Express Christmas Card Ride. The collection box is in the first-floor lobby.

Riders from the National Pony Express Association will travel on the American River Parkway's horse and bicycle trails from Folsom, through Rancho Cordova, and end in Old Sacramento.

Letters will be imprinted with a commemorative stamp, canceled by hand and sent to the postmaster for delivery.

The public is welcome at a starting celebration at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St. Letters will arrive at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. around 3:30 p.m.

The National Pony Express Association is a nonprofit organization that supports the preservation of the Pony Express National Historic Trail, which runs though eight states, according to the organization's website.

Donations are welcome at all collection boxes during this annual event.

- Vanessa Walker

PHOTO CREDIT: Between April and October 1861, Wells Fargo issued Pony Express stamps. This Wells Fargo franked envelope addressed to New York left Nevada City, California on July 25, 1861, and went by Pony Express from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Missouri in ten days. Courtesy Wells Fargo. (Click image for a larger view.)

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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