HASHKNIFE!

Hashknife Brand

That’s the cry of the Hashknife Pony Express re-enactors of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse as one rider hands off the mail bag to another at full gallop.

One of my fondest memories is walking down Scottsdale Road a few years ago with my family and being stopped by a elderly tourist couple who asked me in a heavy German accent, “Why is everyone looking down the street?”

I looked at my watch casually and replied, “The Pony Express will be here in a couple of minutes.”

The gentleman tried politely to hide a look of disdain at having been pranked by a local, but you should have seen his face two minutes later when the Hashknife gang thundered down the street!

Ron Dungan just posted an excellent article on AZCentral about the history behind the Hashknife brand, with a sidebar about the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse and the annual Pony Express ride.

Passing the Legacy, by Herb Mignery | Scottsdale Public Art

The old post office is gone, but the ride now ends at the Hashknife Pony Express statue on the Waterfront at Marshall Way. Look for them to arrive en mass at high noon on Friday 10 February; or catch them in Holbrook before they begin the ride, starting at noon 7 February (departing at 8 a.m. the next day, 8 February). They stop overnight in Payson Wednesday evening / Thursday morning. You can also see them in the Parada del Sol in downtown Scottsdale on Saturday 11 February.

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