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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Placerville Pony Express

Station and Terminus

 
 
Placerville Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
1. Placerville Pony Express Marker
Inscription. Gold Rush town and Western Terminus of the Placerville – Carson Road to the Comstock. Placerville was a relay station of the Central Overland Pony Express, April 4, 1860 – June 30, 1861. Here on April 4, 1860 the first east-bound pony rider, William (Sam) Hamilton changed horses, added one express letter to his mochila, and sped away for Sportsman’s Hall. On July 1, 1861, Placerville became the Western Terminus of the Pony Express, until its discontinuance on October 26, 1861.
 
Erected 1960 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, James W. Marshall Chapter 49, E Clampus Vitus and Central Overland Pony Express Trail Association. (Marker Number 701.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the E Clampus Vitus, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.673′ N, 120° 48.197′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Sacramento Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Placerville Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
2. Placerville Pony Express Marker
. Snowshoe Thompson (here, next to this marker); Hangmans Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Unfortunates Hanged (about 300 feet away); The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café (about 400 feet away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (about 400 feet away); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (about 400 feet away); Randolph Jewelers (about 600 feet away); "Stone House" (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Regarding Placerville Pony Express. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.701
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the first Eastbound journey of the Pony Express through California to Genoa, Nevada....To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pony Express – California Stations. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Overland Pony Express – History: People-Places-Vocabulary-Dates. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Placerville Pony Express Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
3. Placerville Pony Express Trail Marker
Pony Express Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
4. Pony Express Sculpture
Located to the right of the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,311 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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