Pony Express rides again for children in a Kern County school

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Before the smart phone, email and telegraph, people around the United States relied on horses to deliver their letters to different parts of the county.

The Pony Express was used between 1860 and 1861, but it came to life again today.

Students in Kern County are learning about reading, writing, and communication as a part of our nation's history as the Pony Express rides again.

Members of the Frontier Days Association and the Kern County Sheriff's Posse are helping keep tradition alive.

"Those types of things, you will remember when you grow up," said Duane Grumling, Orangewood Elementary Principal. "You never think about learning math or learning to read, but you might remember the Pony Express came to your school one time."

The organizations brought their horses and riders to Orangewood Elementary School for a very important history lesson.

The Pony Express delivered mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains to California on horseback. The route only lasted 18 months.

The riders pick up mail from the school, stamp it with the Pony Express insign and the Post Office mails it to the children.

Students learn about Kern County's history and how California became a state as they're taught about the old mail operation.

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