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Pony Express

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
1. Pony Express Marker
Inscription. The first Pony Express rider to reach San Francisco on the final relay carrying mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to California, arrived in this city Apr. 14, 1860 aboard the River Str. ‘Antelope’. Led by a band and several engine companies, a concourse of citizens escorted the rider, mounted on his gayly decorated pony, to the office of the Alta California Telegraph Company, headquarters of the Pony Express, which stood on this spot. The Pony Express in operation from Apr. 3, 1860 to Oct, 26, 1861.
 
Erected 1936 by Oregon Trail Memorial Association and Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.68′ N, 122° 24.219′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Clay Street and Montgomery Street on Clay Street. Touch for map. These markers are located on the Clay Street side of the building (tenant: HSBC) at 601 Montgomery Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Clay Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell
Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Harold Colson, June 29, 2015
2. Pony Express Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Italy (within shouting distance of this marker); Hudson's Bay Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Family" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Montgomery Block (about 300 feet away); Site of the Jenny Lind Theatre and San Francisco City Hall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. "Antelope" Marker placed in Sacramento, California
 
Also see . . .  When the Pony Express was in Vogue - Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. "Each day, except Sunday, a messenger left St. Joseph at noon, another coming east from Sacramento at eight o'clock in the morning. For two years this service was maintained, through good weather and bad."
Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
3. Pony Express Marker
The Pony Express marker is on the right, other Pony Express plaques are to the left.
(Submitted on August 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Pony Express image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
4. Pony Express
[Map of Pony Express route]
These plaques placed on the site of the western business headquarters, April 3, 1963, by the Society of California Pioneers.
1860-1861
1960-1961
National Pony Express Centennial Association
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Chairman
Waddell F. Smith – President
Pony Express image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
5. Pony Express
Russell - Majors – Waddell
Founders and Operators
April 1860 – March 1861
Overland Mail Co.
(Wells Fargo – National – Adams – American)
Controllers and Operators
[Russell, Majors & Waddell
subcontractors east of Salt Lake City]
March 2, 1861 to October 26, 1861

Coast to coast clipper ship 90 days - Via Panama 30 days - Vanderbilt via Nicaragua 25 days - Overland Mail Stage 23 days - Pony Express 10-13 days

Long rides: “Pony Bob” Haslam, 380 miles - Wm. F. Cody, 384 miles. Young riders: David Jay – 14yrs. Kansas 1860 - Wm. F. Cody – 14 yrs. Wyoming 1861

190 stations, 120 riders, 1966 miles, record time 7 days 17 hours with President Lincoln’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
Operated nineteen months
The Pony Express image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
6. The Pony Express
Russell Majors Waddell
Founders Owners Operators
120 celebrated riders rode 650,000 miles with only one rider killed by Indians, one schedule not completed and one mail pouch lost.
1860-1861
1960-1961
[Map of Pony Express Route]
Presented by
National Pony Express Centennial Assn.
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Chairman
Waddell F. Smith – President
Swerrill Halbert – Vice Pres.
James H. Phillips – Director
Pony Express Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
7. Pony Express Plaque
1860-61 - National Pony Express Centennial Association - 1960-1961 Russell Majors Waddell Founders Owners Operators Pony Express
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on July 2, 2015, by Harold Colson of San Diego, California. Photos:   1. submitted on August 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Harold Colson of San Diego, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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