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June 23, 2016

Pony Express Assn. Sponsors Yearly Re-Ride In Southwest

By Gregory R.C. Hasman

Rocket-Miner

Rock Springs, WY (AP) - On the outskirts of the Civil War, young men from across the country carried mail, newspapers, telegrams and other forms of correspondence on horseback from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, along the Pony Express. They traveled hundreds of miles into the unknown with nothing but their horses, mochilas, Bibles and sense of adventure.

The job did not last long, the Rocket-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1Ur8PQr).

The Pony Express died in its infancy after racing from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 24, 1861. Its cause of death was attributed to the completion of the transcontinental telegraph line, but despite its premature demise, its spirit remains.

The National Pony Express Association continues to preserve the mail carriers’ legacy through an annual Pony Express re-ride. The 37th edition will run to June 25. Volunteers will head east this year as they retrace the route on horseback as they will take mail from Old Sacramento, California, and bring it to St. Joseph. At which point the mail will be dispersed to local post offices that will deliver the items to the destinations.

About 600 riders from California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri will take the Pony Express oath and receive a Bible, just like the riders did, prior to participating.

A Pony Express re-rider from years past

The event is a 10-day ode to the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, founded by Missouri freighting firm Russell, Majors and Waddell.

In Wyoming, about 160 riders will travel from 10 miles south of Evanston to Torrington. Les Bennington, president of the National Pony Express Association Wyoming chapter, said due to the horses not being conditioned enough to ride in long spurts, riders will travel in 1- to 4-mile intervals before another rider takes over.

Bennington, who has participated in the event since its genesis, said he is helping preserve a piece of American history.
``It’s a love of history, trying to keep the spirit alive in what it took to make this country,’’ he said.

Stagger it out

In southwest Wyoming the route begins in Uinta County at Needle Rock before heading to Bear River Road, Hanging Rock, Quaking Ash Springs, Muddy Creek, Fort Bridger, Millersville, Church Butte, Granger and Rock Ridge. It enters Sweetwater County in Hams Fork, where it traverses the Green River crossing before going northeast to Big, Little and Dry Sandy, outside Farson, before preceding to South Pass and Atlantic City in Fremont County.

Howard Schultz, ride captain for the Sweetwater County Division, said the group will have 46 riders and will meet at the Sweetwater County Library to swear participants in and stamp their Bibles.

``We will have a meeting and choose rides,’’ he said. ``Everyone gets a 2-mile ride, and we will stagger it out.’’

After a 2-mile stretch, other riders will relay the mail across the state.

``It’s pretty exciting. If you can just imagine how they were riding back then. We got some backcountry areas that’s on the original trail so there isn’t any highways, it’s all two-track road,’’ Schultz said. ``As you’re participating thinking about what they were back then and some of the things they encountered, it gives you a good feeling.’’

Mail carriers

After leaving St. Joseph with mail and telegrams, riders rode on until they reached two stations. They stopped at relay stations, every 10 to 15 miles to change horses, and home stations, every 75 to 100 miles, where a fresh rider would continue the route. They rode on horses which traveled an average of 10 mph, though some galloped as fast as 25 mph.

Each rider carried the mail and telegrams inside a lightweight leather cover with four pockets known as mochilas, which was thrown over the saddle. At the home station, the rider would change the mochila from one saddle to another before away they went. There was a two-minute limit to change horses.

Due to the high costs to fund the system, Pony Express rates were around $500 per half ounce of mail, which is why major newspapers, the military, U.S. government and large businesses were the main users of the service. Profits eventually decreased and with the advent of the transcontinental telegraph the service was no longer deemed necessary. The outbreak of the Civil War marked the final blow.

Once a year Pony Express enthusiasts will be able to get a taste of what the riders went through more than 150 years ago.

At 2:30 a.m. June 19, riders stopped outside Evanston and meet with Unita County riders. Sweetwater County residents traveled to the Granger Stage Station in Granger between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. June 20 to catch the Sweetwater County division, or they could catch up with them around noon that day at Farson Mercantile. The end of the line for Wyoming riders is by Torrington before Nebraska riders take over.

World's Largest Totem Pole Has Been Lovingly Restored

By Jimmie Tramel

Tulsa World

Foyil, OK (AP) A convoy of nine motorcycles roared down Oklahoma 28A in Rogers County.

The men aboard the bikes were doing the Route 66 thing from St. Louis to Oklahoma City, and they took a detour, slowing down to park their rides at a roadside attraction because Ed Galloway gave them a reason to do so.

Galloway, who died in 1962, is the answer to this question: Who in the heck built that thing?

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole

Galloway crafted what is billed as the world’s largest totem pole.

Standing high above rural surroundings four miles east of Foyil, the 90-foot totem pole is so close to Highway 28A that travelers can see it without leaving their vehicles. Maybe you’ve driven by and didn’t think it was worth your time to stop.

What you see is what you get, right?

Actually, there’s more to see - and more to know.

The totem pole has a story.

It may make you like people.

And dislike people.

And like people all over again.

There’s a lot to like about: Galloway.

Born in 1880 near Springfield, Missouri, Galloway was armed with an eighth-grade education when he joined the military at 17. He served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.

Post-military, the gifted woodmaker spent 22 years as a role model and teacher at the Sand Springs Home. He built a retirement home near Foyil and, in 1937, started work on the totem pole, which was meant to serve as a monument to Native Americans. He wanted folks to know there was someone here before ``us.’’

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1Q4lYPB ) reports that Galloway built the totem pole one bucket of cement at a time.

``Dad would haul sand from the creek across the road in five-gallon buckets,’’ his son, Paul, once told the Tulsa Tribune.

Galloway carved approximately 200 pictures into the totem pole, including 9-foot-tall figures at the top that represented different tribes.

To this day, when people visit the totem pole, they ask, ``Why?’’

Fish on the back of chairs at the park

``All my life I did the best I knew,’’ Galloway was quoted as saying. ``I built these things by the side of the road to be a friend to you.’’

There’s a lot to dislike about: People who vandalized the totem pole park and helped themselves to Galloway’s artwork.

In addition to constructing the totem pole, Galloway created furniture and other works of art from wood. He carved wooden busts of U.S. presidents and made more than 300 fiddles, each from a different type of wood.

Galloway’s wife grew weary of visitors coming inside their home to check out the creations, so he built a ``Fiddle House’’ next door to display his works. The Fiddle House doubles as a totem pole museum.

Galloway died in 1962. On Galloway’s deathbed, his son promised not to move any items away from the property.
``Dad, they’ll steal us blind,’’ Paul said.

Galloway’s response was, ``Son, maybe those folks need these things more than we do.’’

Looters took advantage of the situation. Many of the fiddles were stolen and never recovered.

Galloway’s son died 20 years after his father. By then, the totem pole’s bright colors had vanished and graffiti had been left behind by visitors. Brush and weeds threatened to overrun the once-proud tourist stop.

``People just tear it apart,’’ Galloway’s daughter-in-law, Joy, told the Tulsa World in 1982.

``They throw rocks at the windows and throw trash on the property. We used to mow and have trash cans there, but we don’t get any support in trying to keep it up, and we are too old to do it anymore. It is a sad state of affairs.’’

The Museum

There’s a lot to like about: People who refused to let the totem pole fade into obscurity.

Would you ride to the rescue of a tourist attraction in a different state?

Kansans were heroes in resuscitating the totem pole. The Kansas Grassroots Art Association took the lead in raising money for renovations to preserve the site. A major restoration was completed in 1992.

A more recent restoration included fresh applications of long-lasting paint. A California artist (Margo Hoover) and a New York artist (Erin Turner) picked up brushes last summer to start the process.

``They didn’t get the four chiefs on the very top, so Erin came back this year to finish it,’’ park caretaker Lorene Walkingstick said.

Hoover and Turner have local roots. They once were middle-school classmates in Oklahoma. There have been many other champions in keeping the totem pole alive, including David and Patsy Anderson. The Andersons are the volunteer directors of Totem Pole Park, which is owned and operated by the Rogers County Historical Society.

Thanks to restorations, Galloway’s Totem Pole still attracts tourists from all over the world. June visitors hailed from Finland, England, China, France and the Netherlands, according to the guest book.

``It is neat,’’ said Walkingstick, who lives nearby and staffs the Fiddle House museum. ``We have so many foreigners. They just come in and say, `This is awesome.’ I love meeting them. Some of them I can talk to, some of them I can’t (because of a language barrier). But most of them are really friendly.’’

The back of Galloway's Totem Pole

Twin sisters Ruth Seagraves of Granite Bay, California, and Deb Skinner of Lamoni, Iowa, visited the park Tuesday. Seagraves said her daughter chose to do a school report on Oklahoma a couple of years ago and learned about the totem pole. Finally, Maya got to see it.

The twin sisters had been there before. They lived in Stillwater and Norman when they were kids and made trips to the totem pole because family lived in Langley.

``I visited here in the ‘90s with my husband on our honeymoon,’’ Skinner said. ``I wanted to show him this, and we came through and the Grass Roots Association was just starting to restore it. So they kind of cleaned up the property, and there was a young man there painting on it. I had never seen it with paint. I always thought it was very beautiful, even when it was bare concrete with just remnants of paint. I thought it was beautiful then. Are these bright colors going to look OK? I had gotten used to the way it had looked. Then, to see it fully restored and restored back to its original brilliance, was just amazing.’’

Skinner described the totem pole park as Oklahoma ingenuity at its best.

``You see Oklahoma ingenuity as you travel across Oklahoma - people doing what they can with what they have got, whether it’s rocks or whatever is native to this area, and they do really interesting, useful, practical things. There are other states where ingenuity, I think, is a cultural value, but I think Oklahoma’s is more unconventional. This is very unconventional. You won’t find anything like this anyplace else.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

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