Friday, August 22, 2008

Pony Express River Steamer New World

I stopped here briefly on my way back from a meeting in Concord.

Pony Express
River Steamer New World

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This landmark is located Located on the riverfront at the foot of Main Street in Rio Vista, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 09.314 W 121° 41.388.

A list of Pony Express Waymarks that I have visited can be found here. You can log your visit to this landmark at

In 1860-1861 Rio Vista was located 17 miles north of here. The Pony Express mail was usually carried both ways between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento via Steamboat Slough by the California Steam Navigation Company's river steamers. They would make stops at Benicia and Rio Vista.

The first eastbound river steamer to carry the Pony Express mail was either the "New World" or the "Antelope" and left from San Francisco on April 3, 1860 at 4:00 PM with 56 Pony Express letters. It arrived here around 10:30 p.m. The first Pony Express westbound river steamer was the "Antelope." It left from Sacramento on April 13, 1860 at 5:45 PM and arrived at Rio Vista around 7:50 PM.

The last Pony Express mail was carried to San Francisco on November 20, 1861 by the river steamer "Chrysopolis."

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