Pony Express

Honor the riders of this Old West tradition

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Matt McRae points to a student who has a question about the Pony Express.

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Sydney Samuels was lucky enough to snatch an example of a poster that is modeled after the original Pony Express recruiting posters.

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After delivering his sack of mail to the Payson Postmaster this Hashknife Pony Express rider ties his horse to a hitchin' pole to greet the crowd.

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A Hashknife Pony Express rider pulls into the Payson Post Office with his bag of mail.

The adventurous, romantic spirit of the Old West will come alive this week and next as the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Posse once again re-enacts its version of the Pony Express rides.

The festivities started last week with a visit to Pine School by Chuck Jackman and Matt McRae, two of the local members of the Hashknife gang.

Similar visits are being made to Payson schools this week: Frontier Elementary had a visit Jan. 21, while Payson Elementary and Julia Randall Elementary are both getting visits Jan. 23. The PES visit is at 9 a.m. and students at Julia Randall will have their program at 1:30 p.m. at Green Valley Park.

Grown-ups can party with the Hashknife riders later Friday, Jan. 23. The annual Chamber Mixer for the Hashknife Pony Express riders is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Bar & Grill, at the corner of East Bonita Street and Beeline. The fee is $3 for chamber members and $5 for non-members.

The fun continues between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. as Junction 87 provides live musical entertainment.

You don’t have to attend a school program or the mixer to take part in the 2009 re-enactment.

There are special Hashknife Pony Express letter/envelopes available at the Payson post office for $2 until Jan. 26. Fill them out, stamp and return to the post office by Jan. 26 for a special 2009 Hashknife Pony Express cancellation stamp.

Riders re-enacting the Pony Express will be in Payson at the Rim Country Mall for photos at about 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. The riders will make their run and arrive at the Payson post office at about 4:45 p.m.

At the post office, the riders will sign autographs and be available for photos. Following the festivities Jan. 28, a special cowboy dinner will be held at the Buffalo Bar & Grill.

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