Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 26, 2018
Pony Express Trail Re-ride

Held every year since 1977, the National Pony Express Association’s annual Re-ride from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri rode through Tooele County on Sunday.

The entourage of relay riders, dressed in Pony Express regalia, arrived in Ibapah from Nevada early Sunday morning and continued east, passing through Simpson Springs by early afternoon and continuing over Lookout Pass to Faust and on to Camp Floyd in Utah County.

The re-ride began Wednesday afternoon in Sacramento and is scheduled to end in St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon.  

According to NPEA, 600 riders from the associations’s eight divisions are participating in this year’s re-ride that covers the Pony Express Trail’s entire 1,966-mile length. Each will ride relays of 1-5 miles while taking turns carrying a mail-filled mochila.

The re-ride is a 10-day, 24-hour-a-day event that celebrates the Pony Express Trail, which existed from 1860-61. It was founded by Russell, Majors and Waddell, a Missouri freighting firm, to carry the mail between Sacramento and St. Joseph. Riders at the time took 10 days to cross the entire route.

Tooele County’s portion of the trail today is a two-lane gravel road, yet is considered as one of the last remaining vestiges of the original trail. It begins at Five Mile Pass on the Tooele/Utah county border and continues west for more than 130 miles to Ibapah, traveling through some of the county’s most remote landscape.

The overall trail passes through Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.

Francie Aufdemorte

Photo Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.

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