West Sacramento in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pony Express Bridge
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The first bridge to span the Sacramento River was built by the Sacramento and Yolo Bridge Company. It was a wooden spring span bridge, completed on June 27, 1858 at a cost of $60,000. The toll was 5 cents per pedestrian.
The bridge was 70 and 174 feet north of the west and east ends of today’s “I” Street Bridge. This bridge was used by the 1860-1861 Pony Express 20 times from Sacramento to San Francisco. All other Pony Express mail between these two cities both westbound and eastbound was carried by the river steamers. They docked at the foot of “K” Street in Old Sacramento.
Sam Hamilton was the first Pony Express rider over this bridge. He left Sacramento at 1:15 a.m. on April 23, 1860 crossing here a few minutes later.
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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° 34.997′ N, 121° 30.53′ W. Marker is in West Sacramento, California, in Yolo County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to Veterans Plaza on the River Walk, at the southern end of the 600 block of 2nd Street. Marker is in this post office area: West Sacramento CA 95605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Hydraulic Mining (a few steps from this marker); The Rivers’ Flow (a few steps from this marker); Salmon Cannery (a few steps from this marker); First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery (a few steps from this marker); Flood Control (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Skyline (within shouting distance of this marker); Tower Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Sacramento.
Also see . . . The Pony Express Home Station. (Submitted on January 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Only Twenty Pony Express Rides Over This Bridge
The main mail carrier of the Pony Express mail to San Francisco were the river steamers owned by the California Steam Navagation Company. These steamers would leave Sacramento 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 by horseback to San Francisco. This was due to the mail arriving after the 2:00 p.m. departure time or on a Sunday.
See the Nearby marker Pony Express River Steamer "Antelope" marker for additional information.
— Submitted January 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Notable Events • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,919 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on January 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 7. submitted on September 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.