The Pony Express Rides Again

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 06/22 2014 01:04PM

Updated 06/22 2014 01:14PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph community got to see history in the making as the Pony Express Rerun completed it's journey for the 35th time on Saturday.

"I think that there's always been kind of a romantic interest in it.  All these horses running across the wild west," said Patee House Business Manager Amy Neely.

The Reride has gained popularity and an overall general interest over the years.

"There are people from all over the world that want to know all about the Pony Express.  We had somebody from Italy that wrote a book all in italian about the Pony Express and the wild west," said Neely.

One of the goals of the Reride is to pass down the appreciation to younger generations in order to keep it going.

"We need to get the younger kids involved to keep the history alive but also to keep these associations going and supporting so we can run the museum and we can run the Rerides every year," said Neely.

The riders love what they do and are keeping it in the family for now.

"My parents have been doing it for a very long time.  They carried the Olympic medal torch in 1996 and then I was born in '95 so it was just kind of born into it kind of thing and I love horses so I would love to do it all the time," said National Pony Rider Kristin King.

Next year, the Reride will begin in St. Joseph and riders will deliver mail to Sacramento, CA.

"We look back 150 years and 150 years ago right here at this point was where the Pony Express started headed to California.  So it's quite a significant occasion," said Patee Museum Director Gary Chilcote.

If you would like a piece of history, commemorative letters are sold that go through the Reride and are then mailed.

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