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Beginning in historic Holbrook, the horseback mail route covers over 200 miles from the majestic Mogollon Rim through Payson and the wilderness of the Mazatzal range to the desert city of Scottsdale where it kicks off the Scottsdale Jaycees' Parada del Sol celebration. 

The Hashknife was a tool originally used by chuck wagon cooks to cut meat for hash, often fed to cowboys on the range. The Hashknife brand originated in Texas as the identification of the Aztec land and Cattle Company, which moved to Holbrook, AZ in 1866. Later, in 1957, the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse retained limited use of the brand. The Hashknife brand now identifies the Pony Express. Riders are members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse or their invited guests. 

The Hashknife outfit has the longest contract with the U.S. Postal Service and annually delivers around 20,000 pieces of first class mail bearing the valued "Via Pony Express" cachet which is hand-stamped by the riders before the start of the ride. The "Official Pony Express Envelope" will be available on December 1, 2010. The public can purchase them for $1 each at the Holbrook, Overgaard, Pine, Heber, Payson, Fountain Hills, and Scottsdale Post Offices. 

Your letter will be hand-stamped with the official ride logo, the treasured cachet coveted by stamp collectors around the world.  So pick up your official envelopes and start writing! Check with your Post Office for the mailing deadline.

After the delivery all 30 riders go to the Rusty Spur Saloon in downtown Scottsdale for lunch and they hitch their horses to a hitching post on the street in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Come out and meet the riders at each event along the way and support a rich western tradition that links our communities with the past.

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Tues, January 27, 2015
12:00 pm
Holbrook, Arizona Meet the Hashknife Pony Express Riders at the Old Court House
7:00 pm Holbrook, Arizona
Elks Club
Meet the Hashknife Pony Express Riders at the Elks Club for Dinner. Call Mark for Ticket Info: 928-587-5742 (tickets are available at the door at the Elks Club).
Wednesday January 28, 2015
6:00 am
Holbrook, Arizona
Holbrook Senior Center
257 NE Central AV.
Have Breakfast with the Riders
8:00 am
Payson, Arizona
US Post Office
100 W Erie Street
Hashknife Pony Express Riders depart from the Post Office to begin the relay mail run
4:45 pm
Payson, AZ
Payson, Arizona
US Post Office
100 W Frontier Street
Hashknife Pony Express Riders arrive at the Post Office to pick up Payson mail
7:00 pm
Payson, AZ Dinner at the Payson Elks Lodge.
Thurs, January 29, 2015
09:00 am
Payson, AZ Hashknife Riders with Post Office Mail depart for final run to Scottsdale
Friday, January 30, 2015
12:00 pm Scottsdale
Marshall Way South of Camelback at the Bridge (west of Scottsdale Road)
The Mail Arrives at the Hashknife Pony Express Statue.

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