Photographer's Note

Kinda like my "first love", it only lasted a year and a half, but it has been remembered as much bigger than perhaps it really was. The Pony Express started on April 3, 1860, a horse back mail delivery system from St. Joseph, Missouri using horse relay stations all the way west to Sacramento, the heart of the gold rush country. The telegraph line system would end the need for the Pony Express.

Oath sworn by Pony Express Riders:
"While I am the employ of A. Majors, I agree not to use profane language, not to get drunk, not to gamble, not to treat animals cruelly and not to do anything else that is incompatible with the conduct of a gentleman, And I agree, if I violate any of the above conditions, to accept my discharge without any pay for my services."

This view is from last year's "Gold Rush Festival" in Old Sacramento, which returns again this Labor Day weekend, starting August 30th.

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