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Pony Express Riders Commemorate 150th

Monday, The Kansas Division of the National Pony Express Association will relay a special mailbag from the Kansas Territorial Capitol in Lecompton to the state Capitol in Topeka. The delivery will take place on horseback to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Pony Express and the 150th birthday of Kansas. Both were started in 1861.

13 Kansas riders will participate in a relay route beginning in Lecompton at 9 A.M. Monday and travelling along the Kansas Capitols Trail into Topeka. They will carry the mail pouch with commemorative letters marking the anniversary and letters from all the living governors present and past.

Riders will arrive at near downtown Topeka at noon. They will then escort horses and carriages taking dignitaries to the Capitol. Activities start at noon at the Capitol, where a rider will deliver the letters. The letters from the governor and past governors include their thoughts on the most significant issues in their terms. They will be archived at the Kansas State Historical Society. The event is organized by Ken and Arleta Martin of Marysville.

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