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Landmark 696
Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell
(Pony Express)
601 Montgomery Street at Clay Street
3 April 1860 - 26 October 1861
 
Clay Street at Montgomery Street
Looking Up Clay Street from Montgomery Street
15 June 2008

The Pony Express plaques are mounted on the Clay Street side of a highrise at 601 Montgomery Street between the stone columns shown in the foreground of the photograph next to the Mosser Financial Hotel.

In 1860, this spot was near the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay. Today, it is where Chinatown meets the Financial District. As you stand reading the plaques, Chinatown and Portsmouth Plaza are to your left up Clay Street, and the Transamerica Building is to your right across Montgomery Street.

 
Montgomery and Clay Streets in 1859
Montgomery and Clay Streets in 1859
Photograph from the Library of Congress
Historic American Buildings Survey
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California Landmark 696: Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell
15 June 2008
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The Pony Express

These plaques placed on the site of the western business headquarters, April 3, 1963, by the Society of California Pioneers.

National Pony Express Centennial Association
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Chairman
Waddell F. Smith - President

Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell
15 June 2008
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Pony Express

The first pony express rider to reach San Francisco on the final relay, carrying mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to California, arrived in this city Apr. 14, 1860 aboard the river str. 'Antelope.' Led by a band and several engine companies, a concourse of citizens escorted the rider, mounted on his gayly decorated pony to the office of the Alta California Telegraph Company, headquarters of the Pony Express, which stood on this spot.

The Pony Express in operation from Apr. 3, 1860 to Oct. 26, 1861.

Medallion furnished by Oregon Trail Memorial Association.
Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West, 1936.

Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell
 
California Landmark 696: Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell   California Landmark 696: Site of Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell

15 June 2008
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