Reliving history along the Pony Express

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CASPER, Wyo. (KCWY) -- It only lasted 18 months, but the Pony Express was an important part of our nation's history. A group of people is reliving that time in history, one stop at a time.

In today's world, it's easy to communicate with virtually anyone at any time. With the use of cell phones and the internet, communication is easy.

Back in 1860, word traveled by horse.

Reid Miller at Casper's National Historic Trails and Interpreter Center shared, "The National Pony Express Association is embodiment of keeping history alive. That's their motto, and they've been at it for a long, long time."

This communication method was the fastest of its time, just before the telegraph was invented.

These riders find their passion in reliving the past.

National Pony Express Association President Dean Adkin said, "The excitement of young men trying to do a job, and keeping our nation together with the news. The mail would take a long time to go down, around the cape, or it had to go down to the Isthmus of Panama, cross over and then come by ship to California. "

People come from all over the world to travel across eight states, and over 1,900 miles for the re-ride of the Pony Express.

Despite a slight time delay, riders' spirits were still up with the next set eager to head off to the next destination: Torrington, Wyoming.

"The thing I like about this story is that, when the Pony Express was active during the historic period, there were relatively few riders. But they captured the imagination and the pride of the nation," said Miller.

Riders will spend an estimated 55 hours riding through Wyoming. These history buffs are excited to tell the tales.

"People are excited, and when they find out we are doing this, you know, they're interested. They didn't know anything like this existed. We've been doing it for 40 years. This is our 40th anniversary that we've been doing the re-ride and it's just fun to talk to the people," said Adkin.

At the end of the day, riders press onward, just like the original Pony Express.

This year riders started in Sacramento, California and are expected to reach Missouri by Saturday.

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