Pony Express Bridge - West Sacramento
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 35.000 W 121° 30.530
10S E 629880 N 4271594
A Pony Express marker along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, California.
Waymark Code: WM4XPH
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 44

The first bridge to span the Sacramento River was built by the Sacramento and Yolo Bridge Company. It was a wooden span bridge, completed on June 27, 1858 at a cost of $60,000. The toll was $0.05 per pedertrian.

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 streamers. 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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