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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Pony Express

 
 
The Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
1. The Pony Express Marker
Inscription. This statue commemorates the glory of The Pony Express, which started here at 2:46a.m. on April 4,1860, when Sam Hamilton galloped into a blinding rainstorm on the first lap of the 1,966 mile trip to St. Joseph, Missouri. During its 18-month existence, its riders and 500 ponies carried 35,000 pieces of mail with the loss of but one pouch. This venture, founded by Russell, Majors and Waddell, ended California’s isolation from the rest of the Union.

This memorial was made possible by a gift from the estate of Sophie Pleasants Comstock, funds from the City and County of Sacramento, the State Park System, and the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California and contributions from a host of private donors. It was dedicated on June 4, 1976, by the Sophie Comstock Memorial Committee, Mrs. Anthony J. Kennedy, Chairman.
Thomas Roland, Sculptor

 
Erected 1976 by Sophie Pleasants Comstock, the City and County of Sacramento, the State Park System, and the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of California and various private donors (June 4, 1976).
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.98′ N, 121° 
The Pony Express Statue with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
2. The Pony Express Statue with Marker
30.251′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and J Street, on the left when traveling south on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located within The Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B.F. Hastings Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); Old Sacramento (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); New England Seed Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Booth Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lady Adams Building (about 400 feet away); Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 (about 500 feet away); Freight on the Move (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco Founding of the Pony Express. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Pony Express Home Station History of the Pony Express. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. California State Parks Pony Express Statue. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Front View of the Pony Express Statue image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
3. Front View of the Pony Express Statue

 
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The Pony Express Statue - Looking Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
4. The Pony Express Statue - Looking Southeast
The Pony Express Statue - Looking Northwest image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
5. The Pony Express Statue - Looking Northwest
Older photo of the Pony Express Statue image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1995
6. Older photo of the Pony Express Statue
The Pony Express Statue Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
7. The Pony Express Statue Donor Plaque
This marker is located on the wall next to the Old Sacramento marker a - few steps north of the statue.
In Memory of Gladys M. (Sis) Kennedy 1906 - 1981 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
8. In Memory of Gladys M. (Sis) Kennedy 1906 - 1981
Gentle Lady - Gracious Friend
Exemplary Citizen
The Pony Express statue you see in this plaza is a result of her untiring efforts as chairman of the Sopie Comstock Committee
This marker is located on the wall next to the Old Sacramento marker a few steps north of the statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,252 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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