Hashknife Pony Express Marks Its 50th Anniversary

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For 50 years, the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff's Posse has been riding from Holbrook to Scottsdale.

This event combines the historic courage and determination of man and horse with the requirement to deliver the mail -- rain, snow, sleet or sunshine, organizers said.

On Jan. 25, the annual Rim Country Chamber of Commerce mixer for the Hashknife riders will take place at the Main Street Grille, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with finger foods and specially priced drinks.

Official posters, pins and bandanas will be available for sale to be signed by the riders. Also available will be tickets for the Hashknife Pony Express Banquet at Mazatzal Casino on Jan. 30, featuring live music.

As in the past, the riders will start from Holbrook, and plan to be in Payson Jan. 30.

They will be at the Rim Country Mall for a brief photo shoot at Corral West at 4:30 p.m., and the Payson Post Office at 4:45 p.m.

At the post office, the riders will distribute free, commemorative bandanas to all school children and will be available to sign autographs on bandanas for everyone, have pictures taken and drop off the mail that they have carried from Holbrook. You may purchase a Hashknife Pony Express letter/envelope at the post office by Jan. 28, and have it stamped with the official cancellation stamp of the 2008 Hashknife Pony Express ride.

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