Pony Express 1976, Artist: Thomas Holland (1917-2004), Bronze Sculpture, 2nd Street and J Street, Old Town, Sacramento, California

A Plaque On The Ground
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A plaque describing the sculpture was embedded in concrete and lay flat on the ground. It read, in part, "This statue commemorates the glory of the pony express..."


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Fenced In Statue
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The statue stood on a large boulder inside a fenced area near a park that bordered a noisy freeway.


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Pony Express Rider
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A pony express rider was astride a pony express horse. Such riders would run their horses at a gallop to minimize the time taken to deliver messages.


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Mid-19th Century
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A mid-19th century pony express rider with a modern 21st century city skyline behind.


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Hooves Gained Purchase
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The pony express rider's horse rode through grasslands. Here its hoof gained purchase in a tuft of bronze grass.


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Locked Saddle Bags
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Locked saddle bags carried the messages along the pony express route. A button on each saddle bag identified those messages as US mail.


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Horse And Rider
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The pony express horse and rider faced forward and raced under barren winter trees.


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The Horse's Head
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The horse's head was sculpted in harsh detail. The rider was bent over the head of the horse and carried a whip in his right hand.


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Muscular Horse Body
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The horse was sculpted as a muscular beast, its muscles clear as it powered over a boulder.


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