It was a beautiful day in Christopher Creek Arizona. The weather clear and the sun was shining on the tall green pine trees.The air was filled with anticipation of the lone pony express rider's entrance into town.
Neither rain, sleet, nor dark of night can stop the Hashknife Pony Express. Each January for the last 49 years, the old west is brought to life as an elite group of riders thunder through Arizona. This exciting event is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. Each rider is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail.
Beginning in historic Holbrook, the horseback mail route covers over 200 miles from the majestic Mogollon Rim through the wilderness of the Mazatzal range to the desert city of Scottsdale to kick off the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol celebration
The hand off was repeated with all of the mail bags of thousands of letters, so every pony express letter is carried by horseback before the arrival of the U.S. Mail at the Scottsdale Post Office on Osborn Road.
Designated Pony Express letters are each stamped with a special cachet that is a collector's item. Letters that are mailed from the Holbrook Post Office are also stamped with an official Pony Express Station cachet. Once the Pony Express Mail is delivered to the Scottsdale Post Office, it is then delivered to the addressee by conventional mail delivery.
The riders stoped to give a framed and signed poster to Cindy the owner of the CreeksideÂ Restaurant and bar. Please enjoy some pictures of the days festivities.
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