The Hashknife Pony Express, which made its way through Heber Overgaard recently, has been re-created every year for 54 years running.
Each of the 26 riders who carry mail on the Hashknife Pony Express takes the official Postman’s Oath carrying U.S. mail. Thirty to 35 horses made the mail ride on Feb. 8 starting in Holbrook and ending in Scottsdale.
The route carries them with stops at the Overgaard post office and Heber post office as well others along the route.
The Hashknife Pony Express gets their name from the hashknife brand that was originally owned by the Aztec Cattle Company and later transferred to the Babbitt Brothers.
A hashknife was a tool used by cooks in ranches and on cattle drives to cut potatoes meat and vegetables when cooking for cowboys.
The brand and logo used depicts the shape of the hashknife. The mail is delivered to Scottsdale by the last rider at the location of a bronze statue that commemorates the Pony Express riders of yesteryear.
This piece of work was commissioned by the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Art in Private Development Program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hashknife Pony Express. It is located on Marshall Way and Camelback.
A warmer clear Saturday with highs nearing 50 degrees and lows in the lower 20s will develop into precipitation toward the end of this weekend, with highs around 40 degrees and lows in the mid teens on Sunday.