California Stations The Pony Express Western Business Headquarters was located in San Francisco at 617 Montgomery Street (presently the location of the California National Bank). After being placed on a steamer for Sacramento, the route generally followed present-day U.S. 50 through El Dorado County over Echo Summit to Lake Tahoe. Remount and relay stations along this route are marked as State Historical Landmarks.





List of Stations

Five Mile House

Five Mile House, called Mills Station by some, was the first Pony Express remount station on the eastward leg of the express route leaving Sacramento. On the morning of April 4, 1860, rider Sam Hamilton quickly changed ponies here and sped on to the next stop at Fifteen Mile House.

A Historical Marker is located at the foot of Guy West Bridge, California State University, 6000 J Street, Sacramento.

A new granite monument has been place at 7716 Folsom Boulevard, near the corner of Howe Avenue.

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Fifteen Mile House

Fifteen Mile House four miles east of Mills Station was owned and operated from 1857 as a stage station by Henry F. W. Deterding and was the site of the second remount station on the route eastward from Sacramento to Missouri. Here on April 4, 1860, Sam Hamilton with the first eastward mail of the the Pony Express changed ponies with Mormon Station as his next stop.

(A Historical Marker is located on White Rock Road, south of Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento.)

Until July 1860, the route then continued along White Rock Road to the site of Mormon Tavern, then on to El Dorado and Diamond Springs.

The Pony Express route then continued on to Placerville via a road which is now State Route 49.

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Moore's Station

Eleven miles east of Sportsman's Hall on Ice House Road, Moore's (Riverton) Station was a remount station and horse change station for stage companies.

(A Historical Marker is located just west of the American River Bridge on U.S. 50.)

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Webster's Station

Just west of Kyburz, Webster's Sugar Loaf House was a remount station and horse change station for stage companies.

(A Historical Marker is located 1 mile west of Kyburz on U.S. 50.)

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Strawberry

Strawberry Valley House was established by Swift and Watson in 1856 and was a popular resort and stop for stages and teams of the Comstock. It became a remount station of the Central Overland Pony Express on April 4, 1860. Here on that date Division Superintendent Bolivar Roberts left with a string of mules to help pony rider Warren Upson through the snow storm at Echo Summit.

Strawberry was not named for the fruit, but rather for a man named Berry who operated the stage stop. He was known to feed horses and other livestock straw instead of hay.

(A Historical Marker is located opposite the house off U.S. 50.)

From Strawberry the route followed the South Fork of the American River, over Echo Summit, down Hawley Grade, into Tahoe Valley. For the first few months of operation the Pony Express route continued over Luther Pass (State Route 89) to Woodfords in upper Carson Valley.

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Woodfords

Woodfords Pony Express Station was operated as a remount station at Cary's Barn for five weeks when the service first began in 1860. The first white settlement in Alpine County was established here in 1847 and was known under several names.

(A Historical Marker is located in front of the current store on Old Pony Express Road, just east of the junction of State Routes 88 and 89.)

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Yank's Station

Upon completion of the wagon road over Kingsberry Grade, the Pony Express route continued along the south shore of Lake Tahoe stopping at Yank's Station Toll House, near Myers on U.S. 50. This was the easternmost remount station in California. It was also a trading post, hotel and stage stop. The toll house was knocked off its foundation by flood waters and is currently located on blocks adjacent to the Tahoe Paradise Museum.

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