Story and photos by Bruce Thorson
July 8, 2009, Bayard, Neb: A rider gets the experience of what it was like being a Pony Express mail carrier. About 45 riders participating in 2,000 mile trail ride from Mexico to Canada, stopped at the Flying Bee Ranch for several days rest. The group is a little more than halfway on its journey. For the mail delivery demonstration, riders stationed themselves at each end of the quarter-mile route. They carried a mail pouch from one end to the other where the mail was handed off. The next rider carried it back again.
Max Cawiezel gives the trail riders the history and operation facts and details about the Pony Express. Cawiezel is a member of the Nebraska division of the Pony Express Association, a non-profit group. The Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861.