California Pony Express

Pony Express Statue Infomation

Sculptor:

Thomas Holland

Material

Bronze

Statue Weight: 

3,800 lbs

Statue Height:

15 feet, with base

Statue Facts:

The Pony Express rider’s clothes were based on a paragraph in

Mark Twain’s book Roughing It, published in 1872.  

Rider’s saddle and Mochilla (what they carried the mail in) were modeled after originals that are in the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  

Bit and bridle were designed after military “tack” of the 1850s. 

The sculptor gave him a wide brimmed hat instead of a skull cap, which the riders usually wore.

Statue took over 2 years to design and build, including 9 months casting and finishing by Vianello Art Bronzes.

State Historic Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is a cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures. Historic buildings include the 1849 Eagle Theater; the 1853 B. F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court; and the 1855 Big Four Building. Old Sacramento’s historical significance comes from it being the western terminus of the Pony Express postal system, the first transcontinental railroad, and the transcontinental telegraph.

Old Sacramento is a California Historical Landmark. The National Park Service named the entire original historic 1850s business district of Old Sacramento a National Historic Landmark in 1965. With over 50 historic buildings, Old Sacramento has more buildings of historic value in its 28 acres than any area of similar size in the West.

Location and Parking:

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is located in downtown Sacramento and is convenient to reach by all freeways. Coming from any direction in the state, take Interstate 5 to the ”J Street” exit and follow the signs into park. Abundant covered parking is available at the main parking structure located at 3rd and J Streets. There are a limited number of metered, 90-minute on-street parking spaces throughout the park.