Rio Vista in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pony Express River Steamer “New World”
[Front of Marker]
The Dutra Group
Barrier Systems, Inc.
Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce
Pony Express Trail Association
[Back of Marker]
In 1860 – 1861 Rio Vista was located 17 miles north of here. The Pony Express Mail was usually carried both ways between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento via steamboat slough by the California Steam Navigation Company’s river steamers. They would make stops at Benicia and Rio Vista.
The first eastbound river steamer to carry the Pony Express Mail was either the “New World” or the “Antelope” and left from San Francisco on April 3, 1860 at 4:00 p.m. with 56 Pony Express letters. It arrived here around 10:30 p.m. The first Pony Express westbound river steamer was the “Antelope”. It left from Sacramento on April 13, 1860 at 5:45 p.m. and arrived at Rio Vista around 7:50 p.m.
The last Pony Express Mail was carried to San Francisco on November
1997 Joe Nardone
Sponsors are listed on bottom of base
Erected 1997 by See Front of Marker Inscription.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 38° 9.313′ N, 121° 41.387′ W. Marker is in Rio Vista, California, in Solano County. Marker is on Main Street near North Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rio Vista CA 94571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of Foreign Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Humphrey the Humpback Whale (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Del Rio and Casino (approx. 4.3 miles away); Isleton’s Historic Old Town (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bing Kong Tong Society Building (approx. 4½ miles away); 66 Main Street (approx. 4.7 miles away); Birds Landing - Benjamin’s Store (approx. 10 miles away); The Hump (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rio Vista.
More about this marker. The marker is located outside of the Rio Vista City Hall, where Main Street dead ends at the Sacramento River.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,679 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.