Don’t miss the Pony Express mail drop in Scottsdale Jan. 29

(Photo by Greg McKelvey)

(Photo by Greg McKelvey)

Meet the riders (and horses!) at this free, public “meet and greet” following the conclusion of the world’s oldest, officially sanctioned Pony Express mail delivery.

Take photos, get autographs, and learn about the Pony Express first-hand from two dozen riders. Activities will take place outdoors on the south side of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

The Riders Rally at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will conclude the three-day, 200-mile relay, which will begin Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, in Holbrook, Ariz., according to a press release.

At approximately noon on Friday, Jan. 29, the two dozen United States Postal Service honorary mail messengers will gallop into downtown Scottsdale carrying 20,000 pieces of first class mail.

Pony Express Mailer (photo by Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West)

Pony Express Mailer (photo by Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West)

After turning over the mail to a U.S. Postal Service representative at the “Passing the Legacy” bronze sculpture by Cowboy Artist Herb Mignery (located at South Bridge near Olive & Ivy restaurant, south of Camelback Road and west of Scottsdale Road), the riders will travel south on Marshall Way to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West for the free, public meet and greet.

Commemorative 58th Annual Hashknife Pony Express posters will be available for purchase on site for $10.

In advance of the Jan. 29 Riders Rally, the museum store is offering official Pony Express mailers for $1 for those wishing to send an envelope via the Hashknife Pony Express.

Individuals must mail their letter to: Postmaster, Holbrook, AZ 86025 or, in the metro Phoenix area, drop off their stamped and addressed Pony Express mailer to the Scottsdale Main (McDowell and Scottsdale roads) or Fountain Hills (16605 E. Avenue of the Fountains) post office by Friday, Jan. 22 for their envelope to be hand-cancelled with the official Pony Express indicia and carried by horseback on the January 27-29 ride.

For more information, call the museum at 480-686-9539 or visit hashknifeponyexpress.com

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