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Nevada Historical Society presents High Noon with Neal Cobb: Pony Express in Nevada
High Noon with Neal Cobb is a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speaker as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
April 3, 2020, marks the 160th anniversary of one of the more romantic eras in the west, The Pony Express. The freighting group of Russell, Majors, and Waddell undertook the great adventure of having mail couriers travel 2,000 miles in 10 days. What about the Pony Express in Nevada? There were 29 relay stations in Nevada which were situated 20-35 miles apart. The Nevada portion of the route was 420 miles long and follows approximately where highway US 50 exists now (through the center of the state). Riders were paid $100 per month and station keepers got $125 per month. Riders carried the mail in a mochila (lightweight leather cover put over a horse's saddle). It had 4 lockable canisters that kept the mail safe until it reached its destination. The price of postage was high. Sam Macaluso will talk about Nevada’s role of the Pony Express.
Sam Macaluso: As a native Nevadan Sam was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. He has had three careers: a banker, a teacher, and a Nevada Air National Guardsman. Sam earned a degree at UNR in history and science and Nevada history has always been his passion. Sam Macaluso is a retired teacher with the Washoe County School District having taught from1990 to 2005. He was an elementary teacher and taught 3rd through 6th grades. His favorite grade was 4th grade so he could focus on Nevada History and mining in Nevada. In 1990 he created the persona of “Sagebrush Sam the Oldest Living Miner in Nevada”. He began by going to classes as the old Nevada storyteller. Sagebrush Sam has taught students about gold, how to pan gold, and told stories about Nevada. He is a Nevada Historian and has many stories to tell about Nevada. Sam has presented for OLLI on other occasions.
This event is part of a series. Registration is for this event only. Click here to see the other events in this series.
- Thursday, January 21, 2021
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Digital Library