Pony Express rides through Queen Creek

(Courtesy of Town of Queen Creek)

(Courtesy of Town of Queen Creek)

Queen Creek residents were invited to celebrate a historic tradition Nov. 14 by mailing their cards and letters via the Pony Express. Residents were able to provide pre-stamped mail for inclusion in the 2015 Gilbert Days Pony Express event.

Above, Queen Creek City Councilman Jeff Brown greets the Pony Express rider Nov. 14. Riders picked up the mail from Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road, and brought them to the Gilbert Post Office where they received a commemorative cancellation mark. The letters were then delivered by the U.S. Post Office.

The Pony Express ride kicked off the Gilbert Days celebration with stops in Queen Creek and surrounding communities. The original Pony Express began on April 3, 1860, and consisted of mail being delivered by horse. Young men on horseback travelled a 2,000-mile-long trail in a relay fashion. The Pony Express lasted less than two years with the completion of the Pacific Telegraph.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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