PHOENIX - Facebook messages and texts evolved from the idea of instant communication, but a group in Phoenix is rolling back time by continuing the tradition of snail mail via horses.
Today marked the start of the 26th anniversary of the Phoenix JC Commanchero Pony Express Run where riders and their horses travel from Phoenix to Prescott carrying mail. The event benefits charities for children.
Riders carry bundles of letters with them, each costing $5 to send. The mail is carried to Prescott by volunteer riders via horseback who hand each other the bags of correspondence as they make their way north. This year, proceeds benefit Horses Help, an equine therapy organization that helps children with disabilities.
Riders and their horses left from the Boulder Creek Post Office to begin their northbound trek Thursday morning.
About 20 to 50 riders gather in the streets of Prescott to celebrate the delivery of the mail to the post office as a part of Prescott's Frontier Days celebration.
To date, Phoenix JC Comanchero has raised just under $250,000, according to the organization.
The organization said "some people buy for the historical value" of a letter being carried by horses, just like they were during the mid 1800s. The Pony Express was effective for 18 months from 1860 to 1861, but it lives on in western history through this annual charity event.