Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Dedicated to the Memory of Pony Express Riders
1860 The Knights of the Saddle 1861
William Hamilton, the first Pony Express rider to reach Benicia on the final relay. Carrying the mail from St. Joseph, Missouri to California. Arrived in this city April 23, 1860, at 7 a.m. Thomas J. Bedford, a young Benician, took the mochila by ferry across Carquinez Straits to San Francisco via Martinez and Oakland.
Erected 1960 by Benicia Parlor No.89 Native Sons of the Golden West, dedicated July 29th, 1960.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1906.
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. Marker is located at the foot of 1st Street at the entrance to the parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benicia CA 94510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” (here, next to this marker); Jack London (within shouting distance of this marker); Benicia Historic Tannery - Circa 1890 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peregrine Landing Ark & Stables (approx. 0.3 miles 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
Regarding Dedicated to the Memory of Pony Express Riders. See the “Nearby Marker” Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. National Pony Express Association. Association website homepage (Submitted on June 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Benicia Historical Museum. Museum website homepage (Submitted on June 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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