Western New York's Cattaraugus Country recently celebrated its 200th anniversary with a Bicentennial Wagon Train Run, including a horse-drawn "postal wagon."
More than 25 wagons traveled 241 miles to 18 towns during the two-week journey.
Two postal employees joined the run -- West Valley Postmaster Gerald Tatlow and Salamanca Rural Carrier Vicki Raecher. Tatlow's wagon sported the Postal Service flag, reminding community members that it wasn’t just the stage coach that united folks two centuries ago -- it was the mail.
"The ride gave me an appreciation on how things like the mail could make such a difference to people separated by vast distances," Tatlow said.