Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pony Express Five Mile House

Dedicated in the last month, this is an interesting marker. There is a California Historical Marker less than a mile to the northwest that also marks the Pony Express Five Mile House. Based on the description on this marker, the California Historical Marker is in the wrong place!

Pony Express
Five Mile House

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This marker is located Located at 7716 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 33.020 W 121° 24.810.

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

Pony Express Five Mile House

Sam Hamilton carried the first eastern Pony Express mail into Sacramento at 5:30 P.M. on April 13, 1860. The following day the Sacramento Daily Union Newspaper reported that Hamilton said his last relay station for a fresh horse before arriving in Sacramento was at the "Five Mile House".

The old road from Sacramento to Placerville went out "J" Street to the American River and followed the river east for about ten miles before heading to Placerville. It was replaced in 1856 by a new road to the south that followed the now operating Sacramento Valley Railroad. This new road would become today's Folsom Boulevard.

The "Five Mile House" on the old river road was closed in 1856. Another "Five Mile House" was built here on the new road. This site would serve the Pony Express.

Pony Express Five Mile House
Pony Express Five Mile House

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