“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Morgan House

Morgan House Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
1. Morgan House Marker (Front)
Dedicated April 23, 2000
Morgan House
Pony Express Route
Apr. 23, 1860 - Sep. 8, 1861
Home Station
Apr. 16, 1869 - Sep.8, 1861

James Stretesky
Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema
Martinez Area Chamber of Commerce
Pony Express Trail Association

{Text on the reverse side reads:} The first Pony Express Rider through Martinez was Thomas Bedford on April 23, 1860, heading for Pacheco. Benecia was the home station where the rider from Sacramento exchanged the mail with a new rider and horse for San Francisco.

On April 16, 1861, the new western agent for the Pony Express was Wells, Fargo & Co. and on July 1, 1861 they operated the Pony Express from Placerville to San Francisco under their name.

After April 15, 1861 the new agent and future operator of the Pony Express moved the home station from Benecia to Martinez. The new home station was the "Morgan House" and was located at this corner. One of the new riders was David W. Swain, the Martinez telegraph operator and Wells, Fargo and Co. agent.
@2000 Joe Nardone

{The front and rear base of the marker list the following sponsors:} Union
Morgan House Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
2. Morgan House Marker (Reverse)
Bank of California - Martinez; City of Martinez, Mayor Mike & Dusty Menesini, Plain & Fancy Antiques; Martinez Historical Society; Vice Mayor Mark A. Ross; Joe Sparacino Sr. Family; Haute Stuff Restaurant; Horst & Erna Grund; Greg & Karen Del Bonta Family; Main Street Tavern; Redmond O'Colonies "American Champion Town Crier"; Corky & Charlene West; Nader Chrysler Plymouth; Mario Preciado & Family; Giovanni's Bajalia Family; Bay View Bank, Since 1911; The Franco Family; Monkey Stable Racing Team; Westamerica Bank; Sidney S. Lippow, Co., Realtors; The Corum Family; Martinez Antique Association; Rhodia Inc.; John Jackson Blacktie Insurance; Equilon
Erected 2000.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 1.065′ N, 122° 8.137′ W. Marker is in Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Ferry Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Main Street, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rankin Building (a few steps from this marker); Hook Building (within shouting distance
Morgan House Marker, Wide Shot image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
3. Morgan House Marker, Wide Shot
The marker is visible on the corner, just to the right of the left-side lamppost, in front of Taqueria Los Toros.
of this marker); Bergamini Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 736 Ferry Street (within shouting distance of this marker); McNamara-McMahon Building (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall Apartment Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Bank of Martinez (about 300 feet away); State Theatre (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Martinez.
Also see . . .
1. Stations Between Roberts Creek and Sacramento/San Francisco. The National Park Service description of stations along the Pony Express Route, "Beyond Sacramento, for a short period of time during April 1860, a number of relay stations existed to carry Pony Express mail. En route to San Francisco, Benicia was the first of these stations west of Sacramento. It was followed by Martinez and then Oakland. By May of 1860, Pony Express mail was transported directly to San Francisco via boat down the Sacramento River. These three stations were used only as relay stations when riders missed the steamers leaving for San Francisco for Sacramento and vice-versa...." (Submitted on November 11, 2009.) 

2. The Ride of Thomas Bedford by Tom Crews. The Pony Express Home Station's dramatic telling of Thomas Bedford's Pony Express ride of April 23, 1860. (Submitted on November 11, 2009.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,294 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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