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.)