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Educational signs added to Pony Express Trail in Eagle Mountain

Published: Friday, Aug. 15 2014 2:31 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 15 2014 2:31 p.m. MDT

George Lang carries the torch on horse back along the Pony Express Trail near Eagle Mountain Wendesday, February 6, 2002. Runners, cyclists, walkers and horseback riders can now get a history lesson as they move along a recreational path through Eagle Mountain that follows the original Pony Express Trail.

Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Runners, cyclists, walkers and horseback riders can now get a history lesson as they move along a recreational path through Eagle Mountain that follows the original Pony Express Trail.

The city collaborated with the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and the National Park Service to install educational signs to help guide and educate Pony Express Trail users.

The project spans 1 mile and includes two orientation panels that provide an overview of the area and identify points of interest, as well as six interpretive or educational panels that provide information about the history of the trail, Native Americans, and ancient Lake Bonneville.

Benches have also been purchased and will be installed in the near future. Directional signs on Redwood Road and Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway (state Route 73) guide visitors from outside of Eagle Mountain to the site.

“We appreciate our partnership with SITLA and the (National Park Service) on this project,” said Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra. “These informational signs will add interest and meaning to the recreational trail system in our young and growing community.”

Funding for the project was provided by the National Park Service, Eagle Mountain and SITLA. The National Park Service contributed half the funding in the form of a grant, while Eagle Mountain and SITLA jointly matched that contribution in both dollars and in-kind donations of equipment and staff for project management.

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