But the real story began on May 1, 1912 when four men from Bainbridge Island, WA left on a journey that would cover 20,300 miles and take over three years, ending at the San Francisco World's Fair on June 1, 1915. They visited every state capital in the union. Their objective was fame and fortune. The result? Obscurity. Sadly, no one cared.
Over the course of the three years, the Overland Westerners, as they called themselves, went through seventeen horses. Only one horse made it the whole way. You guessed it! PINTO! This little, fifteen hand, morab completed the entire journey. So, I decided that he deserved to tell the story. After over two years of research, reading the men's journals and old newspaper articles, and visiting both the Bainbridge Island History Museum and the Oklahoma City National Cowboy and Western Museum, I put the story into Pinto's words.
This is a picture of Pinto and the leader of the Overland Westerners, George Beck.
This is a picture of the Overland Westerners in front of the Colorado State Capitol, December 1914.
To learn about the entire journey, read "PINTO!"
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