White Pine County Commissioner John Lampros shakes the hand of a Pony Express rider in front of the County Courthouse Thursday morning as part of an event to celebrate Nevada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a state. (Garrett Estrada photo)

White Pine County Commissioner John Lampros shakes the hand of a Pony Express rider in front of the County Courthouse Thursday morning as part of an event to celebrate Nevada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a state. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Members of the Nevada chapter of the National Pony Express Association worked with four rural counties to help commemorate the state’s upcoming 150th birthday in a unique way. Organized by Jim Garza, White Pine County Community and Economic Development Director, members of the Pony Express rode their horses up to the courthouses in White Pine County, Eureka County, Lander County and Churchill County to receive proclamations to be delivered to the Lieutenant Governor in Carson City.

The event began in Ely on the morning of Oct. 16. All five of White Pine’s County Commissioners stood on the steps of the County Courthouse as a rider from the NPEA rode her horse up to collect the county’s proclamation. John Lampros, Chairman of the county commission, gave a short speech about how White Pine County was proud to be a part of the state. Lampros handed the proclamation over to the rider, who then rode off.

Similar proceedings were held later in the day in Eureka and Austin. Each county had a commissioner hand a proclamation over to a Pony Express rider on horseback, who would then ceremoniously ride off into the distance.

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