Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope”
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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.
These steamers left at 2:00 p.m. with the mail for San Francisco everyday but did not operate on Sunday. There were 20 Pony Express trips overland
2000 Joe Nardone
[Sponsors are listed on bottom of base.]
Erected 2000 by See Front of Marker Inscription.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 34.946′ N, 121° 30.377′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the walkway (crossing the railroad tracks) to the boardwalk at the Western end of K Street in Old Sacramento. 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. Freight on the Move (a few steps from this marker); First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento River Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Related markers. 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.
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1. The Great Race Against Time: Birth of the Pony Express. At 4:00 p.m. "a clean-limbed, hardy little nankeen-colored pony" sped away with the mail pouch, which read "Overland Pony Express" to the steamer Antelope that waited to carry the express mail up river to Sacramento. After a ten-hour ride, the steamer reached Sacramento in a hard rainstorm at approximately 2:00 a.m. Because of the lateness and the weather, no "reception committee" greeted it, except the express agent and the first rider eastward. The pouch was given to Harry Roff, who sped off into the night. (Submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Pony Express Home Station. Photo of the Steamer “Antelope”. (Submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. 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 (Submitted on March 29, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,387 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.