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Pony Express Riders to give out Valentines this weekend

Feb 9, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge Staff Writer

Love letters have taken on a different look these days. A text message or e-mail often does the trick, but this weekend the phrase "signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours," will ring true for anyone interested in sending a hand-delivered letter via the Pony Express.

Members in the National Pony Express organization will gather Saturday to deliver Valentine's Day letters from the post office in Kinnear to the post office in Pavillion.

Participants will have their letters stamped with the official Pony Express stamp, and the letters will ride in bags attached to horses as the riders travel the distance to deliver them.

Local association member Heidi Powell said anyone interested in sending a letter to a special someone can write a letter and have it delivered the old-fashioned way.

"This is a fun event that not a lot of people know about, and I think it is really neat to be able to give someone a letter carried by Pony Express travelers," Powell said.

Anyone interested in writing a letter to be delivered must drop the letter off near the feed area at Big Horn Co-Op on North Federal Boulevard in Riverton. A collection box will be available through Friday night. The letters will be picked up for delivery at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Riders ranging in age from 14 to 60 will gather and deliver the hand-written sentiments of love.

"We are really looking forward to carrying letters to people who might have a special Valentine's message they would like to be delivered," Powell said.

Anyone interested in becoming a Pony Express rider can contact Stanley Bean at 851-6669.

A annual re-enactment of the historical Pony Express route takes place June 18.

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