Diamond Ticketing Systems celebrates Pony Express Days with the community of Eagle Mountain City, Utah by providing its powerful ImagiTix box office and online ticketing services to the events.
Pony Express Days is an annual festival beginning at the end of the school year and continuing through July that honors Eagle Mountain’s historical ties to the Pony Express Trail.
Relays of men rode horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile route between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.
Eventually, the Pony Express had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, including Buffalo Bill Cody, and between 400 and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. The service lasted only 19 months until October 24, 1861, when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence. Although California relied upon news from the Pony Express during the early days of the Civil War, the horse line was never a financial success, leading its founders to bankruptcy. However, the romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express has made it a part of the legend of the American West.
The Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days celebration is packed full of family entertainment, including a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, demolition derby, carnival, parade, sold-out concerts, softball tournament, 5K charity run, moto cross and more.
The Pony Express Rodeo is held on the Pony Express Trail, Johnston’s Army Road and part of the stage coach and western migration trail. The facility is part of the Pony Express Memorial Park. In March of 2014 the City of Eagle Mountain approved a group of local citizens to form a 501c3 to build and maintain the rodeo grounds and coordinate events. This committee provides all volunteer service to the community. All funds from sponsors, donations and events are used to build permanent structures on the facility and to contribute to the community of Eagle Mountain.
To stay in touch with the Pony Express Days festivities please visit: www.ponyexpressspecialevents.com