The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Jean Allyn Smeltzer
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


75 Years Ago - July 3, 1941

Hard Riding Klickitat Posse Wins Oregon Trail Pony Express Race - Carrying the mail like the pioneer express riders of old, a hard riding team from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Posse galloped to victory Sunday in the Oswego Lake - Timberline Lodge pony express race.

Taking the tough 71 mile trail in stride the Klickitat horses and their riders got off to an early lead which they relinquished only once during the grueling race. The seven riders covered the 71 mile course in the record time of 5 hours, 44 minutes and 21 seconds for an average speed of 12-7 miles per hour.

The Klickitat horses, all toughened by weeks of riding, came through the race...

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