New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, November 27, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9 AIt’s in the mail: Pony Express to ride again, bring season greetings
AT A GLANCE
I HeritageTrail Riders Association of New Braunfels, sponsors of the Heritage Ride from Indianola every five years, will participate in Saturday's annual holiday "Pony Express" ride to San Antonio. Local riders are Sandy Self, David Wiedenfeld, April Wiedenfeld, Gordon Geren, Don Johnson, Stephanie Young, Donna Council, Becky Parks, Richard Laubach, LeAnn Laubach and Ronnie Spain.
I Bring your Christmas cards — with postage stamps affixed — to receive the special "Pony Express" mail cancellation in Gruene, on Main Plaza or in Bracken.
I The ride follows the route of the historic Camino Real de LosTejas, delivering a Christmas proclamation by Gov. Rick Perry to San Antonio and each stop along the way. Riders are expected in Gruene at 10 a.m.; at the Schmitz Hotel on Main Plaza at 10:50 a.m.; in Bracken Village at 1 p.m.; and at Rudy's in Selma at 1:30 p.m. From there, they will continue to Fort Sam Houston, where festivities begin at 1 p.m. and culminate at 4 p.m. with a grand ride-in parade of 120 relay riders, including those from New Braunfels.
By Bon Maloney
It’s taken 145 years, but the Pony Express will at last pick up the mail Saturday in downtown New Braunfels — at the Schmitz Hotel.
When the Heritage Tfail Riders Association of New Braunfels rides onto Main Plaza as part of the 17th annual “Christmas Along the Corridor” trail ride, those who in the past could only get the special “Pony Express” postmarks in Gruene or Bracken will for the first time be able to get one in New Braunfels.
The ride, which officially opens the holiday season in Texas, hearkens back to the tough, unforgiving days on the Western frontier, when carrying the mail was deadly serious business—so serious that the “help wanted” ads for mail riders specified that orphans were given hiring preference.
Started April 3, 1860, as a route to get mail from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., the original Pony Express never came to Texas during its year-and-a-half run through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
But Saturday, those who
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dream of a harder time and have a little nostalgia for the frontier days will be able to send their Christmas cards out with special “Pony Express” cancellations from Gruene, New Braunfels or Bracken.
Rider Sandy Self said Mayor Bruce Boyer would read Gov. Rick Perry’s Christmas greeting and proclamation on the porch of the Schmitz Hotel.
“Come see us ride through and then shop on San Antonio Street in downtown New Braunfels,” Self said.
The Schmitz stop is important to the heritage of New Braunfels, Self said.
“It was not a post office, but it was a stage relay and the stagecoach dropped the mail off there,” Self said.
And so, the New Braunfels postmark available between IO a.m. and noon will state “New Braunfels Stop Station.”
Local historian John Right-mire will be in attendance to talk about the history of the Schmitz and to share a few artifacts he’s recovered in his research.
Schmitz Hotel owner Shannon Malish said she was excited to participate.
“Sandy approached us; and said she thought it was appropriate to do this because the Schmitz was the first stage stop here,” Malish said. “We’re happy to.”
Malish, who hopes to restore the hotel, said four Canyon High School musicians would perform Christmas music on trumpets.
“This is wonderful because its bringing back downtown a little bit of the old times the downtown used to stand for,” Malish said. “New Braunfels has something San Antonio doesn’t have and can never have — that small downtown feeling. It’s really nice running into the same people over and over at the grocery store or the post office. I think this is a good thing.”
The Heritage riders join more than 120 who are riding to San Antonio on Saturday by four different routes.
Single relay riders will begin at 8:45 a.m. EM 1102 and con
tinue to old FM 306. A procession of riders will ride into Gruene for the first stop at the temporary postal station in Gruene at IO a.m. After a brief ceremony, the procession will rideout and single relay riders will continue on Gruene Road, cross Common Street to Post Road and Porter Street and cross over the Guadalupe River on the Faust Street bridge at 10:30 a.m.
At 10:40 a.m., all riders will ride in parade formation from Nacogdoches Street to Seguin Avenue, around the Plaza with a stop at the temporary postal station at the Schmitz Hotel at 10:50 a.m. The procession
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The single rider relay will begin again at noon on Loop 337 to FM 482 to FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road) crossing FM 3009 at 12:45 p.m. and arriving at the Bracken Village temporary postal station at I p.m. for a reading of the greeting and postal cancellations.
The relay will continue on to Selma at 1:30 p.m.
From Selma, riders will trailer to Fort Sam Houston, where they will meet with the rest of the 120 Pony Express riders at 4 p.m., completing their commission from the governor.
The McKenna Children's Museum, in collaboration with the New Braunfels Kiwanis Club, invites you to our Third Annual Great Gingerbread and Sugar Cube Nous Event
5aturday,December 3,3005, from 10:00 a.m.to noon or 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m.
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Choose to decorate a real gingerbread haus, or new this year, an originatsugar cube haus.
The cost is $20 for Museum Members and $25 for Non-Members per haus and includes all decorating supplies for either a pre-fabricated gingerbread haus, (perfect for pre-schoolers)
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