Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
B.F. Hastings Bank Building
Western Terminus of the Pony Express
Erected 1960 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Sacramento Historic Landmarks Commission, The Sacramento County Historical Society, The California Historical Society and the Grand Parlors, Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West, Centennial Year 1960. (Marker Number 606.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 34.986′ N, 121° 30.251′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is within the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Old Sacramento (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to 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 600 feet away); Freight on the Move (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
More about this marker. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 606).
Regarding B.F. Hastings Bank Building. For more markers about the Pony Express, please see the Pony Express National Historic Trail link in the Marker Series section above.
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. California State Railroad Museum B.F. Hastings Building. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Pony Express Home Station B. F. Hastings Building (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. More information on the Hastings Building....
The corner lot on which the Hastings building stands was originally occupied by a store built by William Merrit in 1851. That building, however, burned down in the great fire of November 1852, which consumed much of Sacramento. Merrit started to rebuild, but was unable to complete the structure due to financial difficulties. Benjamin Hastings purchased the building and lot at an auction in March 1853 for $1,500. Wells, Fargo, & Company provided banking services from the site from 1854-1857.
In addition to providing, as noted above, offices for the western terminus of the Pony Express and the Alta Telegraph, the building had two other historically noteworthy tenants: Theodore D. Judah, and the California Supreme Court.
Theodore Judah was the driving force and designer behind the Sacramento Valley Railroad, had his office in the Hastings Building through 1855. The railroad was the first in the US west of Rockies, and later became a key part of the first transcontinental railroad.
From 1855-1857, and again from 1859-1869, the state's Supreme Court was headquartered in the
After Hastings sold the building in 1870, the building's history was more prosaic, serving in various incarnations as a hotel, a fruit market, a saloon, a barber shop, a cigar shop, and a rooming house. The state purchased the building in 1967 and currently leases the building to Wells Fargo, which operates a mini-museum and hospitality center from the site. The building was freshly painted in May-June 2008.
— Submitted September 12, 2008.
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