La Verne Leader from La Verne, California on April 16, 1970 · Page 32
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La Verne Leader from La Verne, California · Page 32

La Verne, California
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Thursday, April 16, 1970
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Calico express race to honor mail carriers The Great Calico Pony Express Race, high point of the 1970 Calico Days Celebration at Calico Ghost Town, near Bar-stow, Cal., Alril 24,25 and 26, will honor those glorious page in American history. Some 600 horses and riders will participate in an eight-horse relay race across the Mojave Desert, racing more than forty miles, from Apple Valley to Calico Ghost Town, on Saturday, April 25, starting at 11 a.m. Starting point of this great amateur equestrian classic has been fixed at the Equestrian Center of Boise - Cascade's new Spring Valley Lake development in Apple Valley. The public is cordially invited to attend. The Great Calico Pony Express Race, co-sponsored by San Bernardino County's Regional Parks Dept. and Equestrian Trails, Inc., will re-enact one of the most exciting chapters in the history of transportation and Express. In 1859 California's Senator Gwin persuaded Mr. Russell of the fron-t i e r wagon - freighting firm of Russell, Majors & Waddell to develop a fast mail service to the Pacific Coast. High costs, danger and seemingly insurmountable difficulties made the freight company unwilling to try such a venture. But Senator Gwin's persuasiveness and the possible loss of lucrative government freight contracts proved to be adequate leverage to overcome the misgivings of Russell, Majors & Waddell. The company to try. First considered was the old Butterfield stagecoach route, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, across the Colorado River and up the Valley of the Gila River, then to El Paso, crossing the Arkansas River at Fort Gibbons, and on to St. Louis. But the route was too long and could be easily cut off in the event of a war between the states. Russell, Majors & Why do so many local businessmen prefer Inland Bank? They like the fact that funds placed with Inland, whether in savings or commercial accounts, are put to work right here in our community. And they know these funds help to finance the continued growth of this area in which they've staked their futures. Shouldn't you make it your business to do business with Inland too? G MLMDBMK STAN SAYS: Sure you ft The Store That Confidence Built 17S POMONA MALI EAST NA 2-2532 Waddell already ran a daily stage service from the Missouri River to Salt Lake City. Senator Gwin proposed that the company develop a pony express, following the route of the stagecoach to Salt Lake City and then on to Sacramento, crossing both the Rocky Mountains and the Sierras. Gambling that Senator Gwin could win them a government subsidy for the pony express service, Russell, Majors & Waddell reluctantly set about to establish the pony express service over the northern route. Costs were astronomical and problems were tremendous. It was necessary to build 190 new relay stations, with 400 to 500 horses, 200 sta-tionkeepers, and eighty riders. Each rider averaged somewhat less than thirty miles, riding three horses in relays. In emergencies the pony express riders rode . much greater distances. Young Will Cody, later the famous Buffalo Bill, once carried the mail a distance of 320 miles in 21 hours and 40 minutes. Messages were written on the finest tissue paper and the cost was five dollars per half ounce, paid in gold, for the 3000-mile transcontinental trip. Letters were sent by fast train to St. Louis, then up the Missouri River by steamer to St. Joseph, where, on April; 1860, the first pony express rider waited on his horse, ready to snatch the precious mail pouch and streak westward to Sacramento. On the same day in Sacramento, Harry Roff started for the East on a tough California mustang. Until then, the record for carrying a message between San Francisco and New York had been twenty-one days, on the Butterfield stage. The Pony Express did it in ten days, consistently. The Pony Express survived less than sixteen months, however, supplanted by the telegraph. Before it stopped, Pony Express riders POMONA First & Main Phone 622-1101 CLAREMONT First & Yale Phone 624-9091 ONTARIO Euclid & Holt Phone 983-2791 NOW CALM YOURSELF DOWN" missed the boat by not buying your jewelry from Dole's Jewelers . . . But don't take it out on Dave or myself . . . Just chalk it up to experience . . . You'll know better next time. Shop where the crowds go . , . Jewelers were carrying seven hundred letters a week and rates had been reduced to a dollar per half ounce. Only one mail pouch was lost. One horse drowned while swimming a river, but the rider and his mail escaped. Indians killed another rider, but the pony got away 'with the letter pouch. The Pony Express was a glorious experience for the riders and the whole nation took pride in their daring efficiency. The Great Calico Pony Express Race will be somewhat easier than the original. A limit of seventy - five horseback teams, composed of eight sound horses and from one to eight riders, will run a series of eight relays across the Mojave Desert, from Spring Valley Lake to Calico. Horses will be limited to a single five - mile relay. Strict veterinary checks -asMS"- m -, zszr M-s-pa k. jmx iMilff -set M I B NS " RBi TOP MSii V resistant! B HWj , , . LAVATORY JJmm Te,ls Dav & Date at a ' x " I ?w 'l-. " MFr' Complete with oval china bowU Sween t . ( L "'"'A'S fl 5W1fBjf- : wtN KsT Wet. Beautifully finished in gold S weeP snd hand V U Ml - tVSJiiaiWr' " "r'.'r' -Tr'. IT".-' 100 warn. Hears in & white 24 inches wide. Cultured styles - oblong, vfi SSt5anSte 30 seconds. Kit contains marble top. rectangular or round V C-S ' ' : H C!) .Z, fy An extra plastic tile I ALL WITH . 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For all .Jy?..- JESSuk REG 98c " . exterior wood surfaces. .:-V''sw,j- J f j J ft ! .ls,,,,r-.;Vr--',:' . - : : 2-95 3 f-rk 0J faW K 77 Includes: Pocket Kife Bottle S : JSE PAiNTJ A "tG "9 88 opener 'can opener- PSSySS' Exterior oil base. Leaves a ALAMO lfJ.x8. Hlm Screwdriver Powerful VHTM .'",s'T.'it smooth gloss. For trim and siding. tlr CABiM TtS?7 -' WSfo flashlite. 2 "D" batteries. PIBMBBI Mrnmmm. MB- -''- I!L REG. 2.95 iBfc" JL LMOWiri ll POMONA 5Ar ZcRMiXC COWf'-OWfiLK I H kW 12260 E 6ARVEY 655 N' MILLS 384 0RAN6E SH0W RD- FIRESTONE BLVD. AT mmmmmmW - '- - iinm 3 blocks east near holt & mills between south f st. STUDEBAKER mkkmS-smmm QF 5 PQINTs to ZZI just east of 605 fwy. before and after each relay will safeguard horses against misuse and injury. There is no entry fee and riders will compete for trophies and belt buckles. The 1970 Calico Days Celebration starts at two places on Friday, April 24. A t Calico Ghost Town, opening ceremonies start at 3 p.m. with the crowning of the Calico Queen and the dedication of the new Calico post office. Meanwhile, the horse camp at Boise-Cascade's Spring Valley Lake will be busy all day Friday with final registration for the Great Calico Pony Express Race. Saturday morning, April 25, radio-TV-recording star Pat Buttram will emcee Boise-Cascade's pre - race entertainment at Spring Valley Lake for horsemen and spectators until the Great Calico Pony Express Race starts at 11 a.m. Calico Ghost Town, halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas off Interstate 15, will be the center of activity. Besides the Great Calico Pony Express Race, there will be pageantry, West ern music and dancing gunfighter8 and old-fashioned contests, a steer barbecue, a two - day championship rodeo in nearby Yermo, art and artifact exhibits, the Gigantic Calico Horse Parade on Sunday, April 26, and general fun and merriment in the authentic old 1880's silver mining town during the entire three days. Horsemen who wish to enter the Great Calico Pony Express Race or the Gigantic Calico Horse Parade may obtain complete information and entry blanks by writing to Ed. Henry, Calico Days Coordinator, P. O. Box 272, North Hollywood. Cal. 91603. 2,000 grant The chemical engineering department of the Cal Poly, Pomona School of Engineering has received a $2,000 departmental assistance grant from the Gulf Oil Foundation. The grant was presented to Cal Poly President Robert C. Kramer by James F. LeSage, Gulf regional vice president for public and community affairs, and R. E. 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