Nothing says Wyoming like the Old West and with the rich history of the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express right here at our doorsteps, there’s a unique opportunity to mark your holiday greetings to reflect that legacy.
The Southeast Wyoming Pony Express Association is holding their annual Christmas Card Ride again this Christmas season. The group collects holiday mail (no packages) at local post offices and affixes a special ink stamp to each piece, then loads all the mail into saddle bags and carries it by horseback along part of the original Pony Express Trail in Platte and Goshen Counties. This year, they will be riding from Fort Laramie to Guernsey on Saturday, December 9th.
To participate, get your holiday letters and cards ready and addressed as usual, including proper U.S. postage and deposit them in the specially marked boxes in post offices at Torrington, Lingle, Fort Laramie, Guernsey, Wheatland and Glendo. All mail must be in the collection boxes no later than Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. when the boxes will be collected.
The mail will be carried horseback on the 9th and deposited in the regular mail and go out from the U.S. Post Office in Guernsey.
In past years, the group has carried mail from every state as well as a number of foreign countries and military sites.