Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope”
The Pony Express mail was carried by river steamers of the “California Steam Navigation Company” between Sacramento and San Francisco for 19 months from April 3, 1860 to November 20, 1861. The streamers used were the “Antelope,” “New World,” “Eclipse,” “Queen City,” and “Chrysopolis”.
The first eastbound Pony Express mail arrived here on April 4, 1860. The first westbound mail left here on the “Antelope” April 13, 1860. The river streamers arrived and departed here at the foot of “K” Street.
2000 Joe Nardone
Sponsors are listed on bottom of base.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail 🐎 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 13, 1870.
Location. 38° 34.946′ N, 121° 30.377′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Marker is located at the walkway (crossing the railroad tracks) to the boardwalk at the Western end of K Street in Old Sacramento. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freight on the Move (a few steps from this marker); First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento River Waterfront (about 300 feet Lady Adams Building (about 300 feet away); Booth Building (about 400 feet away); Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (about 500 feet away); Vernon-Brannan House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
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 . . . Treasure Ship of the Sacramento. The Contra Costa County Historical Society's history of the Antelope, by William Mero, detailing this 550-foot long side-wheeler's colorful history - how she carried millions in gold bullion, her role in the Pony express, how she rescued wounded passengers from the boiler explosion on the Washoe in 1864, her race with the steamer Sacramento, and her end years as a ferry between San Francisco and Tiburon, until finally being dismantled in 1888. (Submitted on March 29, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,554 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 6. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.