Hashknife Pony Express Rides Again

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

The Hashknife Pony Express will be back again this year in Christopher Creek on Feb. 8. They will arrive at Creekside Restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Creekside Restaurant will have posters and mailers for sale. The posters are $10 and mailers are $1. Envelopes may also be purchased at the Holbrook, Overgaard, Pine, Heber, Payson, Fountain Hills and Scottsdale post offices.

This is the 54th ride for the Hashknife Pony Express which began in 1958.

Every January the Hashknife Pony Express travels 200 miles by horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale. The riders wear authentic cowboy clothing as they travel through the Mogollon Rim, Mazatzal range, and the desert.

There are more than two dozen riders who are members of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse or their guests.

Riders are sworn in as honorary mail messengers to deliver the United States mail. They deliver around 20,000 pieces of first class mail every year. All mail is hand-stamped by the riders with the official ride logo at the beginning of the ride.

It’s always nice to receive cards and letters from family and friends. So pick up your official Pony Express envelope and start writing a letter to a friend or loved one.

This is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world, so let’s keep the tradition going.

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