Pony Express Rider - Sacramento, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 38° 34.993 W 121° 30.233
10S E 630311 N 4271588
Quick Description: The Pony Express Rider is located at the corner of J and 2nd Streets in Old Town Sacramento, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2011 8:14:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMC1XC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 13

Long Description:
The statue is appropriately located diagonally across the street from the Wells Fargo History Museum. The bronze equestrian statue commemorates the nearly 2,000-mile mail service from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, which involved traversing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the High Sierra. Old Town Sacramento, where the statue is located, served as the western terminus of the Pony Express mail service.

Smithsonian Art Inventory Description: "A Pony Express rider on a horse at full gallop, mounted on a large rock base. The horse rears up on its hind legs, with its two front hooves up in the air. The rider holds a riding crop out in his proper right hand. With his proper left hand he holds the horse's mane and the reins. He wears a waist-length jacket with ten buttons, pants, a brimmed hat, and boots. There are four locked U.S. Mail pouches on the saddle. Thirteen rocks surround the base, and the base is fenced."

The following plaque is located a short distance from the statue:

TITLE: Pony Express Rider

ARTIST(S): Thomas Holland, sculptor; Mike Hill, assistant; and Vianello Art Bronzes, founder.

DATE: Dedicated June 4, 1976.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS CA000085

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Old Town Sacramento, 2nd & J Streets, Sacramento, California.


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
None noted.


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