Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez”
[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
2000 Joe Nardone
[A list of donors is on bottom of base]
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail series list.
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. 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. ¼ mile away); Solano Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bohn Building (approx. 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.
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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,779 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.