Charlotte Mignon “Lotta” Crabtree (1847-1924) actress whose early days as an entertainer during the California Gold Rush led to her immense popularity as the darling of the American stage and in England.
William H Russell, Alexander Majors and William B Waddell were partners. In 1849 they had a freighting business called Leavenworth & Pikes Peak Express Company. In 1850, the name changed to Central Overland and Pikes Peak Express Company. They held government contracts for moving army supplies to the Western frontier. They had the idea of using mounted riders so they could speed delivery of the mail from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 10 days.
The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the High Sierra from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, from April 3, 1860 to October 1861. It became the west's most direct means of east-west communication before the telegraph and was vital for tying California closely with the Union just before the American Civil War. The Pony Express was a mail delivery system of the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company of 1849 which in 1850…
Pike, Long Beach, 1949. A beauty pageant contestant wears a two-piece swimsuit and with a large pageant ribbon rosette pinned to the top. She poses in front of an elevated stage at the Pike. Directors' style outdoor chairs are set up on the stage above and behind her. For information about copyright and ordering images from the LBPL Digital Archive, see http://www.lbpl.org/history.
Gene Hackman, award-winning star of stage and screen, started his movie career in Downtown Danville, as an usher and later as manager at the Fischer and the Palace theaters. Hackman went on to star in movies that played at these theaters including, among dozens of others – Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection and Superman.