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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez”

 
 
Front of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 19, 2009
1. Front of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker
Inscription. [Front of Marker:]
Dedicated April 23, 2000
by
James Stretesky
Benicia Historical Society
Benicia (N.S.G.W.) Native Sons
Richard & Veronica Tipton
Benicia Camel Barn Museum
Exxon Mobile, Benicia Refinery
Benicia Chamber of Commerce
Benicia Volunteer Fire Department
Pony Express Trail Association
[A list of sponsors is on bottom of base]

[Back of marker:]
Captain Oliver C. Coffin and his brothers purchased the ferry “Carquinez” from an eastern shipyard. The double end dual paddle wheel ferry modeled after the New York-Brooklyn ferry boats of that period. It was shipped around Cape Horn as ballast in a sailing ship and put in use by the Coffins in 1854.

An 1860 schedule shows that this ferry operated every 30 minutes between Benicia and Martinez. The first trip of each day left at 8:00 a.m. from Martinez to Benicia.

On April 23, 1860, the ferry was alerted by telegraph from Sacramento to be in Benicia early. The ferry was needed to carry the Pony Express mail across the Strait. The ferry docked here at the foot of First Street and Pony Express rider Thomas Bedford
Wide View of Front of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Wide View of Front of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker
was on board the ferry at 7:05 a.m.
2000 Joe Nardone
[A list of donors is on bottom of base]
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 2.669′ N, 122° 9.759′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker is on First Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the foot of 1st Street at the entrance to the parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dedicated to the Memory of Pony Express Riders (here, next to this marker); Jack London (within shouting distance of this marker); Benicia Historic Tannery - Circa 1890 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merritt House C. 1869 (approx. mile away); Solano Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bohn Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Founders of Benicia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Semple (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
Also see . . .
1. The “Carquinez”. The steam ferry boat "Carquinez" was used to transport the Pony Express rider and horse between Benicia and Martinez, California, when the mail was routed
Back View of the Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Back View of the Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker
overland between Sacramento and Oakland due to missed boat connections in Sacramento. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Benicia and the Pony Express. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Wide View of Back of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Wide View of Back of Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker
Close-Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. Close-Up of Artwork on Marker
The "Carquinez"
Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
6. Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” Marker
 
 
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