Special cachet used to identify the mailpieces carried by the Hashknife Pony Express, official Mail Messengers of the U.S. Postal Service
Hashknife Pony Express
A project to document the history and significance
of the only pony express that still delivers mail for the US Postal
Service, the Hashknife Pony Express made its 42nd ride January 26
through 29th, 2000, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook, Arizona to
Scottsdale and delivering 20,000 first class letters. The ride is
conducted by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff's Posse, which was
organized as a search and rescue group in 1955. More than two dozen
riders in authentic cowboy garb carry the mail, relaying the bags
along the route. As the word has spread about the ride, public
participation has increased, with many letters arriving in the
Holbrook Post Office the week before the ride, marked "via Pony
Express." Each letter is stamped with a special cachet. The arrival
of the Hashknife Gang in Scottsdale kicks off the annual Parada del
Sol, so that the Pony Express ride extends into the parade in which
the riders participate. A 40-minute videotape and a notebook of
news articles and photos document the ride. Also included are two
large posters and official medals, buttons, and a bandana, designed
to represent the Arizona state flag, worn by riders.
Originally submitted by: Jon Kyl, Senator.
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