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This statue commemorates the glory of the Pony Express, which started here at 2:48 a.m. on April 4, 1860, when Sam Hamilton galloped into a blinding rainstorm on the first lap of a 1,966-mile trip to St. Joseph, Missouri. During its 18-month existence, its 121 riders and 800 ponies carried 38,000 pieces of mail with the loss of but one pouch. This venture, founded by Russell, Majors and Waddell, ended California's isolation from the rest of the Union.