Some of the original Pony Express Trail and Stage Stops were located in White Pine County about 40 miles north of Ely. The most famous of these is Schellbourne Station.
The Pony Express' primary mission was to deliver mail and news across 1,966 miles of the then untamed west, chased by Indians and braving uncertain weather they rode night and day. Today the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) is dedicated to preserving this great undertaking by marking the route, maintaining trails, re-enacting the ride and providing educational events supporting this important part of American History. The annual re-ride is normally held in June every year.
This year, the reenactment will take place from June 11, 2014 to June 21, 2014
Riders will retrace the original Pony Express route from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. They still follow the trail through northern White Pine County and pass the "mochilla" (mailbags) at Schellbourne Station. The first re-ride of the Pony Express was held in 1923. NPEA members ride across the 1,966 mile route non-stop over 10 days.
In 1966, National Pony Express Association (NPEA) was organized and received official corporate on March 3, 1978. Its national headquarters is located in Pollock Pines, California.
To get to the Schellbourne Station, travel north from Ely on the Great Basin Highway 93 for about 40 miles. The station will be on the northwest corner when you hit White Pine County Rd. 18.