The Pony Express Comes to Fountain Hills

The Hashknife Pony Express, Arizona

In 1859 the Pony Express linked the east coast of the United to the West, a 1900 mile run from St. Joseph Missouri – the end of the telegraph line – to Sacramento California. The riders were often lightweight teenage boys, most notably Buffalo Bill.

The Hashknife Pony Express representing the State of Arizona, the United States of America, the United States Postal Service and the Pony Express
The Hashknife Pony Express representing the State of Arizona, the United States of America, the United States Postal Service and the Pony Express

Today “neither rain, sleet, nor dark of night can stop the Hashknife Pony Express. Each January for the last 54 years, the old west is brought to life as an elite group of riders thunder through Arizona.”he hashknife Pony Express AZ

When they cantered up The Avenue of the Fountains an unexpected lump came up in myThe Hashknife Pony Express, Arizona throat. Although growing up on the east coast, many iconic images of the west are woven into the fabric of my childhood:  the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite, Yellowstone, saguaro cactuses, California redwoods, giant sequoias, pioneers, wagon trains, cowboys. And the Pony Express.

America and Americans suffer a poor image abroad thanks to moronic celebrities, stupid movies, unfunny sitcoms, intrusive media, grasping politicians and greedy corporations but there are many more reasons to be proud of my country and my fellow Americans and The Hashknife Pony Express exemplifies this.The Hashknife Pony Express, Arizona

They epitomize the grit and determination of our forebears. Much of the landscape of the West is unforgiving – expansive deserts, dense forests, vast mountain ranges and worse places, like Death Valley where the temperature once reached 134º F and badlands, rocky terrains remarkable to see but treacherous to navigate. I have admired the beauty of these places from the comfort of a climate controlled vehicle and am constantly astounded at the resolve of my countrymen who came west – on foot, in wagons and on horseback.

The Hashknife Pony Express finishes their 200 mile mail run today in Scottsdale AZ.

On schedule for Scottsdale
On schedule for Scottsdale
Back down the Avenue of the Fountains . . . .
Back down the Avenue of the Fountains . . . .
 . . . . and on to Scottsdale AZ
. . . . and on to Scottsdale AZ

16 thoughts on “The Pony Express Comes to Fountain Hills

  1. You have reminded me of another TV western that I used to watch and had forgotten about – “Pony Express”.
    I don’t think Americans or American suffer from a poor image in the UK by-the-way! You would be way down near the bottom of our list!

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  2. “America and Americans suffer a poor image abroad….” Do they? Not all Americans, some of your stupid politicians, your big power mad corporations and the foolish bragging of some tourists don’t do the USA much good, but hey … apart from the big power mad corps, we have the same as you… Normal people don’t judge a whole country by its bumpkins… (I wanted to use a much worst word than that, but in view of the light I restrained myself)

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      1. I do agree .. Bush in no way did your reputation any good what so ever… and Obama that followed has had the difficult task of righting the wrongs, not an easy thing to do when your army is already committed to a battle it doesn’t really want to be in… yet he has continued with some (that we find) astonishing things. Still I would never argue politics with anyone from a different country, when we are blessed with complete idiots bent on destroying the integrity of our own.

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  3. Love this post, the photos are as usual beautiful. I agree with your sentiments about pioneers. They always come to mind when exploring our country here in the west. Great job.

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