Night Rider: Postmaster helps reenact famous Pony Express run

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer along with Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride.

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer along with Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride.

The Pony Express was an ambitious, although short-lived operation to help speed communication to the Frontier and Wild West. Although the commercial venture lasted for just 18 months, the legend continues to this day with tales of wonder and bravery retold through the big screen, books and oral history.

Earlier this month, more than 600 riders reenact the ride with a non-stop gallop from Sacramento, CA, to St. Joseph, MO.

Guernsey, WY, Postmaster Curt Artery was one of those riders.

“I first got interested in the ride because my town, Guernsey, sits on the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express Trail,” he said.

Guernsey is home to the famed Register Cliffs, where frontier travelers carved their names into the sandstone rocks. Rutted wagon trails can still be viewed after more than 150 years.

Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride. “You treat the mail like it was your own.”

Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride. “You treat the mail like it was your own.”

“The riders had a real dedication to delivering the mail. They hurried between point A and point B and that’s the same pride we have,” said Artery. “You’re carrying real mail. You treat it just like your own.”

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer also carried a portion of the route on her own. The 16-year old wasn’t daunted by the challenge of riding alone across the prairie. “You have to trust your horse,” she said.

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1 Comment

  1. Daphne Goodwin

     /  June 27, 2016

    It would be interesting in getting in touch with these people. On our property is one of the places the pony express riders. Left there horses to be watered and a place for the riders to rest and down below was the stage stop and no has been to either

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