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Last of the "Pony Express" Riders

Chico Carried the Mail

(By Erwin Hein, originally published in Touring Topics, August 1938.)

     Francisco (Chico) Ramidz, dusky little Californian, calls himself the last of the pony express riders.

     Two generations have inherited the inland hills since Ramidz packed the mails on horseback over a 125-mile trail between San Bernardino and Julian. But for four years the hoof-beats of his horses echoed through the canyons.

     On his old route today are a few patriarchs, who remember the hard-riding Chico as a veritable magician with a six-shooter, an intrepid servant of the then sparse public, and a good guitar player. But he rides no more.

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